Tango for piano

Hello, everybody! 

It has been a long time since I have been here, as I didn't have much time for music. Finally, I have written this small piece for piano. I wish I had grand piano here, so that the sound was more natural...
I would be grateful for any suggestions and criticism. I hope you will like it :)

Music: https://soundcloud.com/donproton/tango
Score: Tango.pdf


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  • Hi Jakub,

    I like this very much. It's inventive and original and very tender. Some nice use of triplets really helped accent the tango rhythm. The melody is quite memorable and your use of chords emotional and effective. Kudos!

    Gav

  • Thank you very much for your comment! It's nice to hear that you like it :)

    Gav Brown said:

    Hi Jakub,

    I like this very much. It's inventive and original and very tender. Some nice use of triplets really helped accent the tango rhythm. The melody is quite memorable and your use of chords emotional and effective. Kudos!

    Gav

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  • Such an accomplished piece.

    Could not find anything to criticize. Playful, inventive, melancholy, upbeat. Could picture two dancers.

    had to look up tango, see there are numerous styles including Finnish!

    Is there a Polish style?

    Regards

    Mike L.


  • Thank you a lot for that positive comment! It really lifts my spirits!
    What you say about finnish tango is suprising, but it is rather a variation of argentinian tango. As far as I know, most of well known, old polish tangos are simply argentinians. 

    Michael Lofting said:

    Such an accomplished piece.

    Could not find anything to criticize. Playful, inventive, melancholy, upbeat. Could picture two dancers.

    had to look up tango, see there are numerous styles including Finnish!

    Is there a Polish style?

    Regards

    Mike L.

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  • Jakub,
    The piece is extremely pleasant to listen to. Very relaxed and fluid, and the melody lines evolve logically, which is a rare thing to find these days. It has a tango rhythm but I don't get a tango feeling from it. To me, it's more of a jazz piece borrowing from tango. But then again, I don't know much about genres - mine is just a lay person's impression. I've listened to it several times since when you posted it.
    Mariza
  • Thank you very much, Mariza. Of course, it's only a stylization of tango, not a dance, so your impressions are natural. 

    Mariza Costa-Cabral said:

    Jakub,
    The piece is extremely pleasant to listen to. Very relaxed and fluid, and the melody lines evolve logically, which is a rare thing to find these days. It has a tango rhythm but I don't get a tango feeling from it. To me, it's more of a jazz piece borrowing from tango. But then again, I don't know much about genres - mine is just a lay person's impression. I've listened to it several times since when you posted it.
    Mariza
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  • A lovely Latin jazz mood throughout and though you say its tango rhythm is "stylized" I still could imagine a pair of dancers having great time with it.

    Very well invented melodic lines and wise/secure use of harmonic background with tensions and resolutions which apart from coloring  nicely the melodies gave me also the sense of structural development that I look forward to.

    In terms of harmonic color it gave me something of both A.C.  Jobim and  B. Powell (of course your own personal style emerging through them) and in structural terms is very reminiscent to me of some choros (but not exactly a choro ?) that I have heard by Villa-Lobos or other Argentinean and Brazilian composers.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Wow. I enjoyed this piece very much. Very evocative of this style, and has a lot of musically interesting material that doesn't get boring. I especially enjoyed the modulations in the latter part of the piece, before the last recap.

    The only thing I felt was a little off (to my admittedly untrained ear for this genre of music) is the chord you used in m.32 -- after the tangy-sounding minor 2nd in m.31, it seems, to my ear, that the chord in m.32 is a bit too "open" sounding. I was expecting at least something with a major 2nd or similar, but you didn't even have 3rds in there, it's straight up 4ths and 5ths. Maybe I'm just talking nonsense, because I'm not particularly savvy in this genre, but the sudden moving from something with a minor 2nd to something with just 4ths and 5ths sounded a bit too incongruous to me.

    Other than that, though, I quite enjoyed this piece, and would love to hear more from you!

  • Thank you very much for your positive comment! 

    Socrates Arvanitakis said:

    A lovely Latin jazz mood throughout and though you say its tango rhythm is "stylized" I still could imagine a pair of dancers having great time with it.

    Very well invented melodic lines and wise/secure use of harmonic background with tensions and resolutions which apart from coloring  nicely the melodies gave me also the sense of structural development that I look forward to.

    In terms of harmonic color it gave me something of both A.C.  Jobim and  B. Powell (of course your own personal style emerging through them) and in structural terms is very reminiscent to me of some choros (but not exactly a choro ?) that I have heard by Villa-Lobos or other Argentinean and Brazilian composers.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  • Thanks for your analysis and attentive listening! 
    I know what you mean with that chord. Good point. The 3rd is in the melody, but I guess it is not hearable enough together with the rest. I should add f# instead of lower d in left hand, like you said. 

    H. S. Teoh said:

    Wow. I enjoyed this piece very much. Very evocative of this style, and has a lot of musically interesting material that doesn't get boring. I especially enjoyed the modulations in the latter part of the piece, before the last recap.

    The only thing I felt was a little off (to my admittedly untrained ear for this genre of music) is the chord you used in m.32 -- after the tangy-sounding minor 2nd in m.31, it seems, to my ear, that the chord in m.32 is a bit too "open" sounding. I was expecting at least something with a major 2nd or similar, but you didn't even have 3rds in there, it's straight up 4ths and 5ths. Maybe I'm just talking nonsense, because I'm not particularly savvy in this genre, but the sudden moving from something with a minor 2nd to something with just 4ths and 5ths sounded a bit too incongruous to me.

    Other than that, though, I quite enjoyed this piece, and would love to hear more from you!

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