Surrounded by jazz and classical music from a young age, Astor Piazzolla already showed his prodigious talent.
Born in Mar del Plata, Argentina on March 11th, 1921. From there his life had three tasks: learn, make and enamour the world with music. With prodigal talent and a persistent personality, Astor Piazzolla completed every task he’d set out to achieve. And afterwards added another: immortalize himself on a musical worldwide level. A feat he also achieved.
From his youth in New York, influenced by jazz and his love of Johann Sebastian Bach. Piazzolla has given signs that he held qualities that were beyond the normal. He dominated the harmonica, bending it to his whims. At age 9 her crossed paths with a bandoneon and at 11 had composed his first tango: “Paso a paso hacia la 42”.
“Let me tell you kid, you’re gonna go far”, the promise made by Carlos Gardel to a young Astor of 11 years of age. And that’s how it went, even though he was achieved his goal of as a composer and a bandeon player, Piazzolla’s true identity was that of a revolutionary and ambassador of tango. He was creative, ingenious, a true musical innovator who dared to put his mark on tango, intervening in its rhythms, harmony and timbre.
El gran Astor, as he came to be known, singlehandedly creating a boom in tango’s popularity. This was in large part to his composition finding themselves in Europe and the USA. According to historians, Piazzolla had written more than 3000 pieces, of which his most popular were Libertango, La Serie del Ángel, Las Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, among others.
Without a doubt though, the piece that shook his followers and Piazzolla was “Adiós Nonino”. The piece, strictly instrumental, arrived after the death of his father, Vicente “Nonino” Piazzolla. The pain and mourning lead to the creation of this wonderful piece, with it’s highs and lows, all fitting to a sendoff for his father.
“The most beautiful piece I’ve ever written”. Piazzolla about this piece.
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