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Gustavo Beytelmann has taken some of the most beautiful tango music ever written and created his own arrangements for solo piano. His collection shows how varied the genre is, from the ragtime-like lilt of El esquinazo to the romantic waltz La loca de amor by Pablo José Vázquez and the energetic El entrerriano by Rosendo Menizabal, as well as a new arrangement of Carlos Gardel's immortal El dia que me quieras. Beytelmann shows too how technically varied these works can be. Each of the pieces features specific performance techniques such as accents, tempo changes, balance and attack and he advises "Spend some time concentrating on these elements and you will find the works even more enjoyable." These immensely rewarding pieces are equally suited to the concert stage as to the piano lesson. Gustavo Beytelmann has made a significant contribution to the evolution of the Tango, through his numerous recordings, performances and through his teaching. Born in Argentina, he began his professional career writing music for the cinema, working as pianist and arranger for the record industry and performing with various jazz ensembles. After moving to Paris, Astor Piazzolla invited him to participate in his European tour. He has continued to perform and compose across Europe and the Americas. From 1993 onwards he intensified his work as a composer. www.gustavobeytelmann.com
The pieces are certainly technically demanding; the styles are varied, and the accents and tempo changes are effective but challenging. For those who thought that tango consisted of a predictable set of cliches, it is worth exploring the ragtime - like EI esquinazo by Villoldo; the beautiful romantic waltz La loca de amor, by Vazquez; the rhythmic vitality of EI entrerriano, by Mendizabal; and the lyrical Cuesta abajo, by GardeI. The pieces all capture the hybrid nature of tango, influenced by European and American culture. This collection is the perfect way to explore the spirit of real tango, performed on the piano. Beytelmann invites us to practice hard, play well and, above all, enjoy this beautiful music and to share how we're getting on via the website: universaledition.com/gustavobeytelmann.
Music Teacher 08/2011