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S50 Ep13

Now Hear This “Piazzolla’s History with Tango”

Premiere: 4/7/2023 | 00:00:30 | Closed Captioning Icon

Tango to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with host Scott Yoo and flutist Alice Dade to explore the evolution of composer Astor Piazzolla’s work and the music genre itself as it becomes fused with jazz across time and numerous instruments.

Premiere: 4/7/2023
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About the Episode

Premieres Friday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), and the PBS app

Tango to Buenos Aires, Argentina, with host Scott Yoo, flutist Alice Dade, and tango musician and historian Ignacio Varchausky to explore the impact of composer Astor Piazzolla’s work on tango and beyond. With a special look at Piazzolla’s “History of Tango” in four movements (often played on violin, but written for the guitar and flute), Yoo and Dade trace the evolution of the genre from backroom dance halls and working-class neighborhoods of Buenos Aires around the turn of the 20th century to the popular music and dance it is today. Experiencing performances by local artists on the guitar, violin, flute and bandoneon (an Argentine button accordion), Yoo and Dade even receive a tango dance lesson of their own and sample the food and culture of today’s Buenos Aires.

Places visited: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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I'm Scott Yoo.

Join me on a trip through Buenos Aires to learn the tango.

This is all part of getting to know Astor Piazzolla, an Argentine composer who fell in love with tango.

The violín-corneta. Have you ever seen one of these?

I've never - I've never seen this before.

It is like the love child of a trumpet and a violin.

♪♪ Now Hear This 'Piazzola's History with Tango' on Great Performances.



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