Category Archives: Analysis

Sentimientos

Following up from the “And now for something completely different” post, here’s a look at Andres Linetzky and Ernesto Romeo’s Sentimientos. Daniel Trenner, Homer and Cristina Ladas, in a dance which I find very musical and deeply in tune with … Continue reading

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And now for something completely different

  A reader asked when I was planning to write about “modern tango music”. I replied that I posted a bit about Adiós Nonino recently. Well, Piazzolla is apparently not modern enough. I can’t say with a straight face that … Continue reading

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Visualization of Malena Sheet Music

I wrote a bit about Malena and syncd. the sheet music and Demare’s 1942 recording, here. In 1957 Demare recorded a solo piano album, and Malena is on it. There is a Youtube embed of the recording, following the visualization. … Continue reading

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Visualization of El Choclo Sheet Music

Another “Visualization”, El Choclo. As usual, the music is a simplified piano score and not the music as played by the s. Melodic direction and duration will be mostly correct; the accompaniment much less so. Nevertheless, it is interesting to … Continue reading

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Visualization of El Adiós Sheet Music

Another “Visualization”, this time El Adiós. Created using Stephen Malinowski’s 2006 Music Animation Machine software. This old version produces an animation which is very, very basic compared to the visualizations Malinowski is producing now. The result is interesting, and worth … Continue reading

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Visualization of Milonga de mis amores (Sort of)

After posting Visualizing Music earlier today I spent a couple of hours with Stephen Malinowski’s free 2006 Music Animation Machine software. I played with it a little in the past. This old version produces an animation which is very, very … Continue reading

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Melodic Rhythm: Repetition in Demare’s “Malena”

(Some of the material in this post was first used in a rhythmic excercise, here. And I wrote a bit about Malena and the form, and there’s a translation. Here.) Repetition is a technique musicians use to create predictability, coherence, … Continue reading

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Melodic Rhythm: Contrast in Canaro’s “Quiero verte una vez más”

Your browser does not support the audio element. In Melody: The Shape Canaro’s song “Quiero verte una vez más” was used to examine ways in which the shape melodies take helps create musical character. I’ll now look at the same … Continue reading

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Adiós Nonino, An Introduction

A few days ago, last Saturday morning, I opened iTunes on my computer and entered “adios nonino” in the search box. I’m not sure why. Over fifty tracks showed up, eight by Piazzolla. There are many more out there, more … Continue reading

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Flores negras, Julio De Caro (1927)

Flores negras (Black Flowers) was writen by Julio De Caro’s brother, Francisco, who played piano and composed many of the pieces for the De Caro , organized as a sextet for many years. The musicans were some of the very … Continue reading

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Al compás del corazón Music/Audio Sync, Caló/Berón (1942)

I provided the unedited sheet music and some Youtube performances previously. Even if you do not read music, following the orange bar as it moves through the score is worthwhile. The s and s – 8 and 4 bar – … Continue reading

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On Listening to Music

To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. –Igor Stravinsky (Hat tip Jantango) Hearing music is not a skill; listening is. The single most important reason for systematic musical analysis is to connect at … Continue reading

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Melody: The Shape, Canaro’s “Quiero verte una vez más”

Your browser does not support the audio element. Melodic Aspects This post is the first in a planned series on aspects of . Although the subject is vast, there are a two broad categories, melodic shape and melodic rhythm, which … Continue reading

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The Musical Elements I study

My analysis procedure is more or less standardized. I wrote about it here. Basically, I start with the big picture (form, sections, phrases) then drill down to finer and finer detail.  When writing it up there are several categories, specific … Continue reading

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Yo no sé qué me han hecho tus ojos, Juan D’Arienzo (1965)

The music and lyrics for the vals “Yo no sé qué me han hecho tus ojos” (I don’t know what your eyes have done to me) were written by Francisco Canaro, likely in 1930. I wrote a bit about its … Continue reading

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