ON THIS DAY | Composer Ástor Piazzolla Died in 1992

Piazzolla is remembered in history as the inventor of the revolutionary new genre "Tango Nuevo," an infusion of jazz rhythms, classical music, and tango

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Ástor Piazzolla

Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player Ástor Piazzolla died on this day in 1992 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, aged 71.

Although Piazzolla's new tango was initially criticized by Argentine traditionalists, it gradually gained acceptance through the 1970s and 1980s.

He also established Quinteto Nuevo Tango, an ensemble of violin, electric guitar, piano, double bass and bandoneón. Many of the 750 works Piazzolla composed during his lifetime were written for that instrumentation, although he also wrote works for symphony orchestra, film, and other ensembles.

 

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