Adapting the Music of Argentinean Tango for Wind Quintet: Techniques for Arranging and Performance
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In recent times the wind quintet chamber ensemble from the European classical music tradition has incorporated diverse forms of music in its repertoire including the music of Argentinean tango. Despite tango's popularity, only a limited number of arrangements for wind quintet are available. Incorporating diverse forms of music has shown to be an innovative practice in which to expand on the repertoire of European classical music to further sustain and continue its survival as well as providing new and exciting performances for musicians and audiences. This paper discusses the historical background of the wind quintet and the music of Argentinean tango, followed by an analysis of tango's performance practice techniques, yeites, and how these are adapted to the wind quintet. Three tango compositions are then presented to further explore tango's performance mannerisms. This research is important, firstly, as the wind quintet is removed from the cultural context of tango and secondly the manner in which tango is performed is vastly different to its notation on the score. The outcome of this study resulted in my personal wind quintet arrangements of tango compositions for my Master of Music Research degree which were performed with my wind quintet, Liber Winds.
Master of Music (MMus)
Queensland Conservatorium of Music
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