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"The Assassin of the Tango."

Tango innovator Astor Piazzolla. Since the early 60s, Piazzolla has been leading groups that play an updated tango that connects this Argentinian form with the musical innovations from Europe and America, both classical and contemporary. The adjustments have earned him the enmity of Argentinians, and for most of the 70s he lived in France where he wrote film scores. Piazzolla is a classically trained composer who wrote symphonies and studied with Nadia Boulanger, the renown French instructor of composition.

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Other segments from the episode on April 19, 1988

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 19, 1988: Interview with Astor Piazzola; Commentary on Alan Freed; Interview with Ursula Oppens; Review of Paul Watkins' novel "Night Over Day Over Night."

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