Date of Award

Spring 5-2008

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

Committee Chair

Dr. Jack Dean

Committee Chair Department

Music

Committee Member 2

Dr. Gregory Fuller

Committee Member 2 Department

Music

Committee Member 3

Dr. Gary Odom

Committee Member 3 Department

Music

Committee Member 4

Dr. Joseph Brumbeloe

Committee Member 4 Department

Music

Committee Member 5

Dr. Edward Hafer

Committee Member 5 Department

Music

Abstract

Tango performance practices and notational conventions included in the orchestral works of Astor Piazzolla belong in two groups. The first is tango performance manner, or the specific way of rendering the written musical text; and the second is tango special effects, which could be defined as a group of non-traditional (for European music) instrumental techniques specific to tango music. Both groups are part of a performance style that has been poorly systematized, if at all, and kept alive only by means of face-to-face transmission. The purpose of this dissertation is to identify and analyze the challenges that Piazzolla faced while including these performance practices into his symphonic compositions, as well as to provide the orchestral conductor with the basic elements for a successful approach to performance.

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