Transcription for guitar by Manuel Barrueco
Piazzolla wrote Tango-Etudes for solo flute without accompaniment.
My objective when making these arrangements for solo guitar was to add all that to me seemed implied, whether voices, harmonies, or accompaniment figures, while trying to stay completely in style and hoping that everything would end up sounding as though it was written by Piazzolla himself.
Masterful arrangement of modern tangos
Such is their worth and popularity, Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla's six Tango Etudes, dating from 1987 and composed for solo flute or violin, can also be heard in many other guises: clarinet, saxophone and chamber orchestra, piano and saxophone, piano and clarinet, and guitar with various single instruments, to name few.
With this new publication, Manuel Barrueco once again reveals his great skill in arranging music originally written for other instruments and making it sound indigenous to the guitar. The brilliant harmonies and chord sequences he uses in these arrangements are completely convincing; the great man himself would, I am sure, approve wholeheartedly of Barrueco's handiwork. Heard in their original state on solo flute, they are strong, interesting, and engaging pieces; heard in solo guitar format they are, for my mind, even better. The music is a contrast of vivacious and spirited energy sitting alongside movements of deep, dark passion.
As a suite, they would be a welcome addition to any recital, but be forewarned that they are highly virtuosic technically - not for the fainthearted (or limitedly skilled) player.
Classical Guitar, (Winter 2016)
n°1 Décidé - n°2 Anxieux et rubato - n°3 Molto marcato e energico - n°4 Lento meditativo - n°5 Sans indication - n°6 Avec anxiété
Poverty drove Piazzolla's ancestors to emigrate from their homeland, and the young Astor was born of Italian parentage in Mar del Plata in Argentina on 11 March 1921. ln 1925 the family moved to New York to try their fortune in the big city. [...]