Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992) was born to Italian parents in Argentina but grew up in New York before returning to Argentina at the age of 16. After eclectic studies of jazz, tango and classical music (especially Bach) he eventually went to study composition in Paris at the age of 32, where he discovered and developed his personal style of tangos with strong jazz and classical influences. The result of such stylistic fusion was a nuisance (even a sacrilege) for traditional argentinians and can still be a headache for librarians because of the classification/cataloguing problems that his music poses, not only stylistically (genre) but also in terms of geographical region (origin). But this is absolutely wonderful music and certainly, for this writer at least, he is undoubtedly one of the greatest composers of the 20th-century (along with John Lennon, Paul McArtney, Antonio Jobim, Shostakovitch etc).
“Vuelvo al Sur” is an excellent publication by Boosey and Hawkes containing the piano accompaniments (in both sheet music and play-along audio CD version) for almost all the wonderful little pieces by Piazzolla offered here below.