Richard Blackford: Clarissa's Tango for violin & piano
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2 Saddle Stitched Parts: 4-page violin & 8-page piano
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In Buenos Aires Tango is described as the forbidden dance and in this performance the violin and piano capture not only the sound but also the essence of Tango creating an evocative dance between the instruments. The violin has the lead melodic material and the piano has some really exciting riffs and plays the supportive role guiding their interplay. Clarissa’s Tango starts with a short, cadenza-like introduction on the solo violin, the tango is cast in rondo form, with the central C section moving from the home key of D minor to D major. It’s an ebullient duet that makes virtuoso demands on the solo violin, from extreme high tessitura passages and multi-stops to fast passage work as the violin elaborates on the main tango melody. Richard Blackford
Tango is very visual and we wanted to capture this as a part of our release. Alongside the audio recording we also filmed a companion video in Berlin. The Violin and Piano, represented by red and black, are two perfect dance partners who find each other in this very darkly lit club like atmosphere where the camera dances around them eliciting this Tango. But in the sunlight outside our red and black characters fail to see find each other, only when they perform this Tango do then they finally come together as one. Clarissa Bevilacqua