Date of Award
Master of Music
Dr. Andrew Rathbun
Michael Duffy IV
Jazz composition, Tango, Jazz, Astor Piazzolla, Pablo Ziegler
Masters Thesis-Open Access
The history of jazz music is not very long in comparison to the history of music in general – from the end of the 19th century until present. This period, however, is very dense in terms of musical influences and became especially denser recently because of globalization.
Several researchers explored the jazz influences in the music of Astor Piazzolla, whom renovated traditional tango. While Piazzolla is considered a tango composer, some jazz bands use Piazzolla’s music as jazz standards and create compositions with traditional elements of jazz, such as improvisation. There are also composers influenced by tango music who write new compositions combining tango and jazz.
This paper investigates how tango interacts with jazz and reflects on the topic of stylistic borders. It provides a detailed musical analysis of several jazz-tango pieces, including two versions of “Violentango” and “Counterpoint” by Astor Piazzolla performed in traditional and jazz interpretation, Pablo Ziegler’s original composition from a Grammy-awarded album Jazz Tango, and my original jazz-tango suite Tango at the Fingertips completed as a part of this research.
Kozhevnikova, "The Boundaries of Modern Jazz Composition: Interaction between Tango and Jazz Music" (2019). Master's Theses. 4727.