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Robert Xavier Rodríguez

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Tango (1985)
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Theater piece in one act. Libretto by the composer from 1913-14 news clippings. Spanish translation
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
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Year Composed
25 Minutes
English, Spanish
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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 favorable and unfavorable. Regardless of any attempts to discredit this dance form, the tango spirit triumphs.

  • Ensemble
    San Diego Symphony Ensemble
    Paul Sperry (Tenor)
    Robert Xavier Rodriguez
    Albany Records:
  • Ensemble
    Voices of Change
    Rafael Alvarez
    Robert Xavier Rodriguez
  • 15 JUN 2017
    Aston Magna Festival
    Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

    Other Dates:
    16 June - Bard College, New York, NY
    17 June - St. James Place, Great Barrington, MA
  • 15 JUN 2017
    Bard College
    Aston Magna Festival
    Frank Kelley, tenor

    Other Dates:
    16 June - Brandeis University
    17 June - St. James Place, Great Barrington, MA
  • 12 MAY 2017
    CSU San Bernardino, PA Recital Hall, San Bernardino, CA
    California State University - San Bernardino
    John Mario Di Costanzo, conductor

    Other Dates:
    13 May - CSU San Bernardino, PA Recital Hall, San Bernardino, CA
  • 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

[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,01/01/0001
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,01/01/0001
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