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Remembering the "Assassin of Tango"

Astor Piazzolla died Sunday at the age of 71. He was an Argentinian composer whose updated tangos were a hybrid of classical music, jazz and rock. He was also a gifted player of the bandoneon, a kind of accordion that gives tango its distinctive sound. Piazzola had suffered a stroke nearly two years ago, from which he never recovered. We present a rebroadcast of our 1988 interview with him.


Other segments from the episode on July 6, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 6, 1992: Interview with Timothy M. Phelps; Obituary for Astor Piazzolla; Review of Gary Will's book "Lincoln at Gettysburg" and the New Republic's book "Bushisms."


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