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Programme Notes: Le Grand Tango

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Dear Art Explorers,

Today we share with you information of the last piece of music that will be featured at the concert tomorrow, 7 April at 3:30pm at the Hong Kong Museum of Art.

There are about 100 seats, and the rest will be standing. Art Explorers are welcome to stay behind and have a brief chit chat with the musicians.

Le Grand Tango

Le Grand Tango is a sublime paradox: A classically constructed nuevo tango that speaks intelligently in a language only the soul can fully grasp.

Pulsing with the friction, energy and struggles of Life itself, the piece is as rough as it is tender, exhibiting both grit and sophistication, passion and restraint, and running the full emotional gamut from agony to ecstasy.

Piazzolla composed the work in 1982 and dedicated it to the celebrated Russian cellist, Mstislav Rostropovich. When Rostropovich received his copy, he had never heard of Piazzolla and didn’t look seriously at the music for several years. When he finally sat down with the score, he was reportedly “astounded by the great talent of Astor.”


Piazzolla coached Rostropovich on Le Grand Tango at the Tetro Colón in Buenos Aries, and Rostropovich premiered the piece in 1990 with Argentine pianist Susana Mendelivich in New Orleans.

“Le Grand Tango” is considered one of the few pieces of “classical” music composed by Piazzolla. Le Grand Tango was transcribed to different instrumentation and is especially loved and frequently performed by cellists and violists.

Astor Piazolla

Hope you have enjoyed reading.
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