2/2 Tango, for Adaptable Band


Grade 3
Duration 3′

For Adaptable (Flex) Band – 5 parts + optional percussion

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2/2 Tango, for Adaptable Band
Duration 3′

Regarding this version for adaptable (flex) band:

The piece can be played by a minimum of 5 players, up to as many as desired. Percussion can be optional, but is certainly preferred. For balance issues, and in the effort to enhance the color, many parts are marked tacet in certain spots, to be adhered to if the other instruments in their “part” are present. They are subsequently marked “PLAY”, to indicate when the tacet should stop.

Opt. Percussion used: Wood Block, Splash Cymbal, Snare Drum, Marimba, Glockenspiel

Program notes:

“It takes two to tango.” We’ve all heard that phrase. That is because the Tango is a partner dance, originating in the late 19th century along the border of Uruguay and Argentina. The melody for this original tango was created on Feb. 2, (2010) as part of a book of trumpet etudes. Hence the 2/2 part of the title, which worked nicely with that popular “two to tango” phrase. The problem: an etude book is generally created for one person, alone. Tough to tango alone. Therefore, I thought it would be nice to create a new version of that melody involving more than just one player.

Jim Stephenson July, 2020

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