for Guitar Piano Duo
The Story of Astor Piazzolla & Nadia Boulanger
"The Point of NO RETURN"
Astor Piazzolla is best known for being the father
and inventor of Tango Nuevo
- a revolutionary new genre in which Jazz rhythms
and classical music were infused into Tango.
When Astor begins to learn with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1954),
he is so embarrassed with his non-classical tango past
that he hides it from her.
"I was very ashamed to tell her that I was a tango musician.
Finally I said, "I play in a night club." I didn't want to say cabaret.
And she answered,
"Night club, mais oui, but that is a cabaret, isn't it?"
"Yes," I answered, and thought,
"I'll hit this woman in the head with a radio..."
It wasn't easy to lie to her.
She kept asking:
"You say that you are not pianist.
What instrument do you play, then?"
And I didn't want to tell her that I was a bandoneón player,
because I thought,
"Then she will throw me from the fourth floor."
Finally, I confessed and she asked me to play some bars of a Tango of my own.
She suddenly opened her eyes, took my hand and told me:
"You idiot, that's Piazzolla!"
And I took all the music I composed,
ten years of my life, and sent it to hell in two seconds...
"Astor, your classical pieces are well written,
but the true Piazzolla is here, never leave it behind".
Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion was composed in 1982 as a chamber ensemble.
and remains one of his best.
The melody is extremely melancholic and almost depressing.
it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body,
nourishment and refreshment.
And if tonight my soul may find peace in sleep,
and sink in good oblivion,
and in the morning wake like a new opened flower..."
Listen the MP3 HERE
Astor Piazzolla "OBLIVION" for Duo Guitar Piano (MP3)
(for Guitar Piano Duo)