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New Tango No. 1: Movement

By Roger Aldridge

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Woodwind Quintet, Violin, Cello, Drum Set, Guitar, Jazz Ensemble, Little Big Band, Keyboard/Synthesizer - Advanced - Digital Download
Composed by Roger Aldridge. 21st Century, Jazz, South American. Score. 11 pages. Published by Roger Aldridge (S0.75157).

Item Number: S0.75157

New Tango No. 1: Movement (for jazz soloist, 5 wind instruments, and rhythm section) is an abstract piece. Inspired by the tango, it invokes dance movement as well as explores movement in and out of time in the music. The soloist's part is entirely improvised. The rhythm section goes between time and free-time. The soloist cues the rhythm section on when to make time and harmonic changes. The background ensemble is in free-time with each note conducted. During solos the background ensemble can improvise interactions with the soloist. This piece is highly dependent upon the soloist and ensemble to bring the music to life and take the audience on a journey. Space and understatement are important features of this music. The open, floating free-time melody and the space between its phrases enable the rhythm section to have a prominent role in playing layers of lines, textures, and colors. Using accordion and guitar (along with piano, bass, and drums) is highly recommended. A string instrument(s) such as violin or cello can improvise additional layers with the rhythm section. One of my essential concepts in this piece is for the ensemble to have the sound of a tango band (as closely as possible); however, the music has a great amount of freedom. The score was originally conceived for woodwind quintet (with alto flute). Alternate parts are provided for an assortment of commonly-used wind instruments. In this way, the piece can be performed by various combinations of instruments. As another possibility, two (or more) musicians can be used on each wind instrument part. This option of having doubled parts -- with either same or different instruments on a part -- is an easy way for larger ensembles to perform this music.

PARTS: The set of parts is available at NEW TANGO NO. 1: MOVEMENT PARTS (S0.84827).
DURATION: around 5:00
PERFORMANCE: The score is concert pitch and uses flexible instrumentation.

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