Death By Tango


Death By Tango

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Brolga Music

Inspired by Argentinian composer Ástor Piazzolla, Death by Tango work makes use of the many colours and textures of the wind ensemble.

Program Notes

Inspired by Argentinian composer, Ástor Piazzolla this work makes use of the many colours and textures of the wind ensemble. The scene is set – a court room. We open with a plaintive plea for leniency from the accused alto saxophone. A voice of support is heard by a lone clarinet. The French horn provides an eyewitness account of the events. The jury considers the facts and deliberates, but it doesn’t take long to reach a verdict. Gulity! The brass and flutes cry as the clarinets gossip between themselves. Now all that’s left is the sentencing. Our accused hasn’t a friend in the world – the decision is unanimous: Death By Tango. The doomed saxophonist has time for one more song of sorrow….. This work was the winner of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors’ Association (Victoria Branch) Composition Contest in 2012.

Grade Level: 4
Copyright: 2013

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Sample PDF

  • Death By Tango - Sample Score.pdf
  • Instrumentation

    Flute 1
    Flute 2
    Oboe 1
    Oboe 2
    B-flat Clarinet 1
    B-flat Clarinet 2
    Bass Clarinet
    Alto Saxophone 1
    Alto Saxophone 2
    Tenor Saxophone
    Baritone Saxophone

    B-flat Trumpet 1
    B-flat Trumpet 2
    B-flat Trumpet 3
    F Horn 1
    F Horn 2
    Trombone 1
    Trombone 2
    Bass Trombone

    String Bass

    Percussion 1 (snare drum, woodblock, ride cymbal)
    Percussion 2 (bass drum, 3 timpani)
    Percussion 3 (tambourine)
    Percussion 4 (guiro, cabasa, suspended cymbal)
    Percussion 5 (whip, glockenspiel)
    Percussion 6 (bongos, chimes, vibraphone)