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Tango No. 1 in G Minor


Uploaded on Aug 2, 2018

Here goes--this is both my first tango and my first piano-&-non-piano duet!

I played bass clarinet in 3 school concert bands, and I still have a soft spot for that instrument. That's why I picked bass clarinet for this duet.

I've listened to quite a lot of tangos lately--Libertango, Tango Pour Claude, Tango of the Troupple King--and I listened to a bunch more tangos here on Musescore so I could make this one sound somewhat authentic. The piano in this piece uses a rhythmic pattern common in 19th-century tangos.

One default sound font update later, I still have to say this: please forgive the bad default bass clarinet sound font, its inability to play slurred passages properly, and its difficulty with playing fast notes.

Tangos demand that you get the articulations right or they don't sound as imperious or wistful as they fully could be. Here's hoping I did a good job with the articulations!

(Structure: Intro-A-A'-B-A'-C-A-A'-B-A'-Coda)

tango piano bass clarinet duet MusiComp Prompts MCP Week #2 MCP Theory Prompt #2

Pages 11
Duration 05:05
Measures 111
Key signature 2 flats
Parts 2
Part names Clarinet, Piano
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Wow. The part that starts at measure 5 sounds a lot like "Tango of the Troupple King"
The accompaniment from Bar 5 onward is pretty stock for tangos (see https://musescore.com/user/2746/scores/30474 and https://musescore.com/user/102315/scores/585561 for two examples of this accompaniment in tangos), although motives like the one in the bass clarinet part of Bar 54 are pretty "Tango of the Troupple King"-like.
Congrats on winning MCP Theory Prompt #2!! :3 This is an excellent piece, and you definitely deserve it. :P
a shame that the musescore soundfont butchers this wonderful piece, good work anyway!
This is a Habanera, not a Tango. Look 'em up.
I did look up habaneras while writing this piece. This does share some similarities with habaneras--but so do tangos when I look them up. I actually derived the left hand piano accompaniment of the G major section from tango nuevo pieces like Astor Piazzolla's works.
OK, I'm convinced you know more about this than I. Great!
This is awesome! I didn't know the rhythm was in earlier tango pieces, I think I just always associated it with the Bizet aria. And, I really didn't understand the capabilities of the Bass Clarinet. I've been writing really boring parts for the it! I learned a lot and very much enjoyed it.
Light-hearted and creative. I would've loved to hear more of that accompaniment solo from bar 80. :)