By Dr. Jeffrey Lant
Author’s program note. When was the last time you spent some time staring into the eyes of your beloved… and rekindling, remembering, romancing, resurrecting without a single interruption permitted of any kind whatsoever? Having trouble recalling that moment? That’s why I’m writing this article… because this degree of unqualified intimacy is long overdue… so long that perhaps it is only Astor Piazzolla who can rescue you. And that rescue starts here… now… and, done right, will reverberate forever and be one of the signal events of your entire life.
Now, clear the deck, unplug the phone, resolve to pay attention… for, after all, the stakes couldn’t possibly be higher.
And so, go to any search engine. You’ll find Piazzolla’s glorious works in abundance; there is hardly a musician of taste, discernment, and, yes, sharp audacity who has not given his all in rendering the master’s works of genius… to a world that needs them and, once hearing, hungers for more.
1962, the master is 41… when one is at last an adult.
In a life of so much achievement, of works so thrilling and always so bold, where does one begin? I say 1962 when the agile brilliance of the maestro poured forth and changed the world.
Two works of this year are a must for you now and for the project at hand.
Start with “The Grand Tango”….
Written for cello and piano, it was dedicated to Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and premiered by him in New Orleans in 1990. It is the musical equivalent of human passion at its deceptive smoothest, fulfilling… of love that delivers unimagined happiness… then pain… an unbearable loneliness… and one baffling moment after another… punctuated by unbridled rage.
You know you’re an adult when you recognize your life in every line… every exultation… every crushing misery. This was written for you, about you… and when it’s finished you cannot help jumping up and shouting “bravissimo,” but whether for the master or yourself you cannot say.
Now snared and for life, proceed to “Oblivion”, something you cannot forget… and which will demand your full attention forever, insistent, remorseless, certain of its power, careless, thoughtless — as things of unequalled beauty so often are.
You are not listening to music now… you are hearing the sound of your life.. And at this moment you who are no poet write poetry, for that is what truth really is.
Play it again now and write… for the music reminds you you have something to say… something that cannot be left another moment…
You are alone. you are never alone for she is here the more when gone.
She is here she is gone either way you drown. and must have more.
You cannot live you do not breathe you love It sickens you still you want more.
Everything is not enough and forever is far too soon.
Not every tango possesses the magic to turn you into a poet… but every phrase of Piazzolla does… and from the first note of the first composition you hear you know it.
You cannot stay. You cannot leave. She is everything you want everything even at its terrible cost.
The emergence of Piazzolla and Nuevo Tango.
Astor Pantalcon Piazzolla was born March 11, 1921 in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He was an only child and knew the benefits of luck… though not with the three women he married and deserted. It was different with the music…for, in the true tradition of tango, he regarded the sound as more important than any human… except the one that helped the tango he heard in his head come out.
In this regard, his father was the first of his helpers. This father moved the family to New York where he suffered from loneliness for things Argentine, especially the music of the bandoneon. He purchased one for $19 in a pawn shop so his son could learn to play and ease the isolation.
That father, too, saved his son’s life by the simple expedient of refusing to allow him — just 17 — to travel with Carlos Gardel, a great figure in tango. Gardel knew budding genius when he heard it and pleaded to let Astor go with him. But papa Piazzolla was adamant… and so Astor did not die when Gardel’s plane crashed, killing everyone on board. Thus, Piazzolla later laughed, he mastered the bandoneon rather than the harp…
The most celebrated piano instructor of all time was Nadia Boulanger… and because Piazzolla won a prize from the French government he was able to study with this iconic teacher. She did him the greatest possible favor: she said he must be, not a copy of anyone, but the original of himself. And because she knew the difference between being a copy, no matter how exact, and being unique… she gave him the permission he needed to stand alone, to be sui generis, like nothing else and no one, a man of genius, a sound and a vision all his own. It is little wonder that this man venerated this teacher, for her words sustained him in the many lean years to come.
And the years were lean indeed… not least because so many hidebound lovers of tango saw this man who breathed life into a moribund form as the problem… not the solution. But still he composed… recorded… and jolted the world of tango… for his tango, nuevo tango, was a mixture of jazz and Bach… new harmonies…new dissonances… rich smoothness, heart rending melodies…. and unexpected thrusts into your very soul.
And now, today, you will discover just how powerful this is…
Today you and your beloved will dress for Piazzolla and for tango! Red silk slashed to scandal… red shoes strapped on ankles ready to be kissed… and a determination to know your power over him.
And the man, no gentleman tonight, all in black though you have never dressed entirely in black before. And your hat, for there must be a hat… worn low and over the eyes, a shield from the blunt reality to come…
Now meet in neutral ground. And look at each other… Piazzolla’s music will provide all the necessary resolution and boldness. Turn it on now… You are ready for Piazzolla and for fate…
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Harvard-educated Dr. Jeffrey Lant is CEO of Worldprofit, Inc., where small and home-based businesses learn how to profit online. Dr. Lant is also a syndicated writer and author of 18 best-selling business books. Details at worldprofit.com and JeffreyLantArticles.com
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