Monday, May 11, 2009

Other Than Tango, Tango Music

This isn't one of those judgmental calls on what is or is not tango. I could care less what people dance, and how they do it, as long as they are respectful of other dancers on the floor, and their partner.

But I've spent the last several days mulling this over in my head, and I really would like your input.

How is it that you can find the heart of the dance of Tango in music that isn't Tango music?

For me, the very essence of the dance is in the nuance of the music, and I have a hard time feeling it the same in non-tango music, and even in non-traditional tango music. So, it makes it hard for me to understand what ignites the passion of the dance of Tango in you, if it isn't the music? What moves you? And, if it is about the music, but you don't listen to traditional, then how do you find the tango spirit in it?


Mari said...

I've loved traditional tango music for several years - and frankly nothing moves quite the way that those traditional songs do. But recently a friend told me about the "heart" of tango music, of the tango life, called duende (

"La Duende is the spirit of evocation. It comes from inside as physical/emotional response to music. It is what gives you chills, makes you smile or cry as a bodily reaction to an artistic performance that is particularly expressive."

When you take duende into account as being the soul or heart of tango, for instance, then it opens the door for other music that conveys duende. There are a few more pieces, outside of traditional tango music, that hold that feeling for me - and the list is expanding.

Gosh that's long-winded. Sorry about that. :/

Anonymous said...

I find the "duende" of Tango only with tango music. I feel the sprite of joy and creativity of life dancing tango to any other music, or even other dance styles to their particular music style. But that actual heart thing I believe is facilitated by the bandoneon. I can feel the "duende" with only a bandoneon playing.

I don't know why or how other people feel that "thing". I'm looking forward to other's responses.

Anonymous said...

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Red Shoes said...

Only two months late...I love traditional tango music, but to tell you the truth--I've been hearing the same Golden Era songs at milongas for 12 years now and I'm delighted to hear something new. I find el duende in the movement; I find el duende in music that has heart, that has longing and sorrow and playfulness to it...