Astor Piazzolla’s “The Four Seasons”

A little bit of background on bandoneonist* and composer Astor Piazzolla‘s Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas (Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) which the Brighton Philharmonic Strings will be performing on Sunday with Christian Garrick (violin) & Friends:

Astor Piazzolla and his bandoneon, 1971

Piazzolla is probably the most famous representative of Argentinian tango music. His work transcends the genre of tango, referencing classical music, jazz and rock, and entering the worlds of opera, literature and film.

Your might be surprised to learn that The Four Seasons were not originally conceived as a suite. The first movement to be composed, Verano Porteño (Summer), was written in 1965 as incidental music for the play “Melenita de Oro” by Alberto Rodríguez Muñoz. Otoño (Autumn) was written in 1969, and Primavera and Invierno (Spring and Winter) in 1970.

Our arrangement takes Leonid Desyatnikov‘s well established working for solo violin and string orchestra and expands it to integrate elements of Piazzolla’s orginial bandoneon-led octet arrangement to enhance the flavour.

For those not familiar with the work here is a link to a YouTube video of a performance by members of the Moscow City Symphony & Russian Philharmonic Orchestras, soloist – Rodion Petrov:

*The bandoneon is a type of concertina particularly popular in Argentina and Uruguay.

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