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A Composer Breaks from Tradition

Composer and bandoneon player Astor Piazzolla writes and performs what he calls "new tango," which is influenced by rock, jazz, and twentieth-century classical music. His intense, emotional music was at first deeply unpopular with tango traditionalists, who favored the older, dance-oriented sound.


Other segments from the episode on September 5, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, September 5, 1988: Interview with Astor Piazzolla; Review of the album "Ken Werner Plays the Piano Music of Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin and James P…


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