Curiosities about Astor Piazzolla

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The 4 July 1992 died Astor Piazzolla, one of the most important composers of the twentieth century. The musician died in Buenos Aires, after suffering more than a year the effects of a stroke.

Astor Piazzolla

Among its more than 500 compositions, He left for posterity pieces like Verano porteño, Libertango, Balada para un loco and, among many others, Adios Nonino. works that, Consistent with its quality, They were performed by artists from around the world.

Its avant-garde style generated endless discussions between orthodox tango, who felt that his music did not respect gender. Polemics that bandoneonista albeit still persist in discussions of a bar- amply known circumvent based on the own weight of his work, that transcended any attempt loosely label.

With everything, Piazzolla's story had several elements not so well known. Then, some interesting facts about his life and work.

He composed his first tango to 11 years

In 1933 He took classes with Bela Wilda, a disciple of Hungarian pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, one of the last great Romantic composers of European classical music. That same year, He composed his first tango: Catinga. Despite the symbolic meaning of the piece, the musician never made public.

His childhood in the United States

In 1924, Piazzolla settled with his parents in a house of a family who lived in New Jersey, who helps in the early days of their stay in the United States. Then his father, Don Vicente (Nonino), barber gets work in Manhattan and rent for living in a modest apartment on the street St. Marks Place, Currently the famous Village. During those years, besides Castilian, He learned three languages ​​more: English, Italian and French. I grew up among Italian neighbors and the Jewish community with whom he made his first works in a small synagogue. While he liked playing the harmonica, to the 9 years, his father gave him a bandoneon to channel his nostalgia for Argentina. after a while, He began studying music. During his stay in North America, Carlos Gardel met who befriended.

The relationship with Carlos Gardel

In 1934, Piazzolla meets Carlos Gardel after take a craft that his father wanted to give him the singer. The bandoneon said he entered the street department 48, In New York, where he was staying Thrush, who treated him kindly – although it should wake- and he was excited to tell you that it was Argentinian. A Gardel fell very young, that helped him to shop in the city and, in particular, to communicate because the singer did not know any English. Likewise, on several occasions, the singer went to eat at the house of Piazzolla. The next year, Thrush invited him to participate in the film the day you want me, in which the author of Libertango played a canillita. At the end of filming, Gardel made a party and there the small Astor accompanied with his bandoneon. The same Piazzolla told that night that the singer told: “You'll be great, kid, I tell you… the bellows touch it barbarian, but what you play tango as a Galician”.

A decision of his parents saved him from fatal accident Gardel in Medellin

Later, Gardel sent two telegrams in inviting him to his musicians were touring Latin America to join. Although because of their 13 years, his father refused and the musicians' union in New York also gave permission and did not allow them to work under 14. That decision saved his life -at that time- teen Astor, since that tour ended with the plane crash that killed Gardel and his musicians in Medellin, Colombia. After two years, he returned to Argentina and joined the ranks of the orchestra accompanying Aníbal Troilo.

Adios Nonino, dedicated to his father

In the year 1959, Piazzolla as presented in Puerto Rico, he received the news of the death of his father, Vicente, who died in a bicycle accident in his hometown, Mar del Plata. In October of that year, to return to New York City (where they temporarily lived with his family), Piazzolla composed the song in his honor and included in the title of his father's nickname: Nonino. To compose locked himself all day in his room and when he left was finished exquisite piece that passed all borders.

Source: La Nacion newspaper – 4 July 2019