Astor Piazzolla grew up playing bandoneon in tango orchestras in New York City where he met Carlos Gardel. He would return to Argentina to study music composition with Alberto Ginastera, move to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger, and eventually become the world’s greatest tango composer. Piazolla revolutionized the tango to a style now termed neuvo tango. Today we explore the composition he wrote for Mstislav Rostropovich in 1982: Le Grand Tango for cello and piano.
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