Piazzolla Style Lesson (Piazzoleando)

by Ramiro Delforte

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  • Hi GMC! In this lesson I bring to you a little composition that I've made to show the kind of counterpoint that Piazzolla uses. Compositions like "Fuga y Misterio" (Fugue & Mystery) have the particularity that they are composed with counterpoint procedures like the Fugue.

    If you listen to a Bach fugue you will notice that it has a counterpoint imitation. The first line enters and after a few measures (maybe less) the second voice enters imitating the first one. The fugue could have many parts (a part is a voice, each voice that enters imitating we call it "a part"). Some fugues reach five or six parts.

    This lesson is not about composing a fugue but a fugued kind of counterpoint. The fugue has many rules that we don't apply here. Piazzolla used to take compositional techniques from classical music and employ them into his own music, Tango. This kind of mixture was one of the elements that made him very unique and popular, also revolutionary in Argentinian Tango.

    The whole composition is in Am.

    I hope you enjoy the lesson!

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