For my fourth assignment I had the idea to combine the structure of a tango with the strict rules of a fugue, that’s also how I came to find the piece Tango fugue on a theme by Piazzolla by Stefan Wirth.
The basic structure of an Argentinian tango is often described in different ways, I decided to go for a “A-B-A-C-A” – form for my assignment. A classical tango usually consists of those five sections. Each section has four phrases and each phrase has four measures. Written in an 4/4 -time signature, that gives me quite a good basic structure to begin with and exactly 80 bars to fill.
Typical rhythms for a tango are usually either:
Mostly the “A”-parts are written in minor whereas the “B” and “C” parts make a contrast in major. (1)
- Rauscher, C. (2016). The structure of Argentine Tango Music. (online). Tangology 101. Available at : http://www.tangology101.com/main.cfm/title/The-Structure-of-Argentine-Tango-Music/id/971 (accessed at: 17.February.2019)