Structure of a tango (Assignment 4)

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:

Tango rhythm 1


Tango rhythm 2

Mostly the “A”-parts are written in minor whereas the “B” and “C” parts make a contrast in major. (1)

  1. Rauscher, C. (2016). The structure of Argentine Tango Music. (online). Tangology 101. Available at : (accessed at: 17.February.2019)