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Tango: my life as a not-so-good leader

And you thought that YOU were the worst dancer in the world ?

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Tango a Pugliese 

I recently bought the newest Color Tango offspring, a CD named Tango a Pugliese, and yesterday when the after-class practica began, I proudly showed it to my teacher, knowing that this CD was not that easy to find in my neck of the woods and that he would probably not have listened to it yet. And indeed, he immediately ejected the usual practica CD (thus freezing for a few seconds the flow of practising pupils) to replace it by my CD.

This album is advertised by the orchestra leader, Roberto Alvarez, as a tribute to Pugliese. As you all know, 2005 is the Osvaldo Pugliese Year, and of course you also know that Roberto Alvarez was once a musician in the Pugliese's orchestra.

After a few pieces, teacher gave his verdict about this album:
"It's not the real Pugliese thing, more like the late Pugliese, when he was in his Philharmonic-alike period. The Pugliese I favour is more staccato. Color Tango is sure, how to say it, colourful, but see, nobody can dance on it, the beat is there of course but difficult to perceive for an untrained ear."
And indeed, a female student soon came by to complain that it was too difficult to dance on that. Teacher stopped the CD after De Floreo, and then played the Pugliese version of this same title, to make it clear to me how old composers made their arrangements suitable for the dance.

I'm not convinced. Whatever the title or composer or orchestra director of any tango played anywhere, I can't dance on it.



posted by Pablo  # 8:04 AM
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