Tango - (2011)
medium voice and piano
tönt durch Nacht und Flieder.
Ist's im Kurhaus die Kapelle?
Doch es springt mir in die Glieder,
Und ich dreh mich schnell und schnelle.
Tango – alle Muskeln spannt er.
Urwald und Lianentriebe,
Jagd und Kampf – und wie ein Panther
Schleich ich durch die Nacht nach Liebe.
pages, circa 2' 45" ]
Klabund (pseudonym of Alfred Henschke)
Tango sounds through night and lilacs.
Is it in the dance hall, in the band?
Wherever, it dances in my limbs,
And I turn myself fast and faster.
Tango - it stretches all the muscles.
Jungles and liana vines,
The hunt, the fight - and, like a panther
I slither through the night for love.
tango is a style of ballroom dance music in duple meter that is said to have
originated among European immigrant populations of South America. As with
the immigrant German brew masters who also affected Central and South
American beer making, this rhythmic style spans continents. There is even
now a strong tradition of tango in Finland, while the languages and Central
and South America as well as the Caribbean may properly said to be European
languages. Languages and arts colonize and cross-pollinate as well as
political ideas, and this sharing of cultures is some of the charm of many
positive changes in we find. Here a German poet captures images of woody
liane vines and jungles, things properly not a part of the German landscape,
any more than are panthers.
opening gambit of chords introduces the tango rhythm, normally thought of as
divisions of 3+3+2, with the verses beginning as at measure ten. Some short
bridge material breaks the repetition of the textual elements, and "tango"
is repeated regularly.
image of the dancer moving faster is set into music through a set of
accelerandi, in reprises of the verse.
The score for
Tango is available as a free PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the graphic below for this piano-vocal score.