El Choclo Music/Audio Sync, Roberto Firpo (1940)

Continuing with my El Choclo syncs, next up is Roberto Firpo (1884-1969). Firpo recorded El Choclo in 1940. His style belongs to earlier times, the Guardia Vieja, pre-1930 thereabouts. Which suits El Choclo just fine, since it is a typical Guardia Vieja composition.

Firpo orders the s A-B-C-A-B-C-A. There isn’t a term for this particular . Firpo plays three distinctly different sections then repeats the pattern, before concluding with the first one.

Firpo 1940:
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Sections are the top level element of music's form. They are the the large building blocks of tango music, typically lasting around thirty seconds or so. Each section is a unique segment of music, having a distinct musical character.

Tango music has two, occasionally three, primary sections, which we may label  “A”, “B”, “C”. Sometimes there is an "Introduction", "Bridge", a short section between two larger ones, or "Coda", a short concluding section.

Usually each section will be played consecutively in order (A then B then C), followed by various other orderings. Typically in tango songs each section is played instrumentally then each is sung, then section A is played instrumentally: A-B-A (vocal)-B (vocal)-A. But there are many exceptions and other possibilities.

Phrases exist within a section.

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.

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