Section

A top level element of the music’s . Tango music has two, occasionally three, main sections. We can identify them as “A”, “B”, “C”. Sometimes there is also an Introduction, , or Coda, a short concluding section. Sections are part of the larger structure. s exist within a section. Each section, generally, is a unique segment of the music, having its own distinct musical quality.

The change in musical character and quality is achieved in many ways, including: modulation to another key, a different melodic shape and rhythm, accompaniment differences (ex. /), instrumentation.

How the music is organized, structured; the number of sections and the way they  are constructed, the number of bars and phrases in each, and the order they are performed. more...

Composers/arrangers make a very conscious decision regarding form. The order sections are heard greatly effects our sensations and responses as listeners and dancers.

In terms of form, a bridge is a short section used to connect two other larger sections. Usually the musical character is different but complementary and may contain elements from the preceding section and/or the next one. It is literally a "bridge" between them.

A short section of music with a clear start and end quality, with a consistent or complementary musical character. Generally, the character is different from what comes after or precedes it, anywhere from subtly to very obvious. more...

Marcato is Italian for marked, meaning the notes are to be accented and emphasized. In tango the notes are also played clipped or cut shorter than the note value as written. That is called staccato. The performance style, the articulation, combines marcato and staccato. And that gives the music a crisp and bold character. When I use the term marcato those are the qualities I mean.

Tango uses marcato style playing very often, especially in the accompanying instruments, frequently the bandoneons but others as well.

Music that is smooth and connected, with a flowing character, often with a broad sweeping melody and gentle accompaniment.

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