Piazzolla: Oblivion (Transcribed for Cello)

This little miniature is perhaps one of Astor Piazzolla‘s best known and most loved works. Written in 1984 as part of the soundtrack to the film “Henry IV” (Enricho IV), it has long since taken on a life of its own in arrangements for every imaginable instrument and ensemble. It is presented here for accompanied cello in its original key of C minor. The possibilities for embellishing the melody are almost limitless, as we can quickly discover by listening to a performance with the composer playing.

The piano accompaniment sheet music is available from many different sources but we offer here two play-along accompaniment soundtracks, one with guitar and the other with piano, both harvested from YouTube. Both of these accompaniments are offered here at tempos considerably faster than both their original recording speed and the customary playing speed but this music can be successfully played at many different tempi, from very very slow, to quite lively. We have opted for a middle-ground “moderate” tempo. If we download these audio files they can be played back at any tempo we wish with the Amazing Slowdowner program (or many others).

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Here is a play-along accompaniment kindly played on the guitar by Francesco Tesei:


And here is a play-along accompaniment kindly played on the piano by Victor Garcia: