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Robert Xavier Rodríguez

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Tango (1985),
Text Writer
Theater piece in one act. Libretto by the composer from 1913-14 news clippings. Spanish translation
Publisher
G Schirmer Inc
Category
Opera and Music Theatre
Sub Category
Theatre
Year Composed
1985
Duration
25 Minutes
Language
English, Spanish
Soloist
Tenor
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Programme Note
Synopsis:

The three short scenes played without pause are based on actual news clippings of the tango craze which swept Europe and the United States in the years 1913-14. The news stories reflect world-wide reaction to the tango, both favourable and unfavourable. Regardless of any attempts to discredit this dance form, the tango spirit triumphs.



  • Ensemble
    San Diego Symphony Ensemble
    Soloist(s)
    Paul Sperry (Tenor)
    Conductor
    Robert Xavier Rodriguez
    Albany Records:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 21 MAR 2013
    Miami, FL
    Florida Grand Opera
    Ramon Tebar, conductor

    Other Dates:
    22-24 March - Miami, FL
  • 05 MAR 2010
    Arlington, VA
    Opera Theatre of North Virginia
    John Edward Niles, conductor

    Other Dates:
    6,7 March - Arlington, VA

Reviews
[With] nicely scored chamber music, TANGO is a one-act monodrama asking the single tenor for three different roles, both spoken and sung. The scenario is that of the original World War I tango craze. Quotations from Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, and other composers can be heard throughout the work, all colored by the pervasive tango rhythm, pointing up the humor of the hyperbolic frenzy created by the dance. The instrumental writing is all clarity and color, the rhythms vibrant, and the timing well considered.
Robert Kirzinger, Fanfare,1/1/0001
Mr. Rodríguez's satiric score, played by seven instrumentalists [and sung by] a singer-actor, provides a witty musical commentary, with lurking tango rhythms waiting in ambush.
Olin Chism, Dallas Morning News,1/1/0001
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