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Bahia Blanca Section B: The First 4 Bar Phrase

Your browser does not support the audio element. Preamble Previous Bahia Blanca posts examined Question and Answer (Q&A) Phrasing in the first playing of Section A. (It is heard three times, with some differences between them). The first 8 Bar … 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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Yo no sé qué me han hecho tus ojos, Francisco Canaro (1930)

Background I’m not sure when Francisco Canaro wrote 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), but he first recorded it in … Continue reading

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Structure, Question and Answer Phrasing: An Overview

Structure The bulk of tango music follows a common framework. Although there are many, many exceptions – even within the same piece of music – tango, milonga, and vals typically have the following : There are two or three distinct … Continue reading

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My Process

My objective is to analyze both the music and the performances to get the deepest appreciation and understanding of the music I can. Here’s how I do it. The sheet music is a resource, despite it’s inherent weaknesses, which greatly helps … Continue reading

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