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Tango Preludio, after a theme by F.Chopin : for violin and piano

by Joe Chindamo (2009, this version: 2012)

Work Overview

Although the melody of Tango Preludio is reminiscent of Chopin's Prelude in E min (a tune which has served many a composer well, including Antonio Carlos Jobim, who based his How Insensitive on it), the treatment is undoubtedly South American. One is tempted to compare it with Piazzolla's work, and this would be correct to a point. But whilst the rhythmic essence is pure Tango, the inherent harmonic language is aligned with the more sophisticated world of the impressionist composers, such as Debussy and Ravel.

Work Details

Year: 2009, this version: 2012

Instrumentation: Violin, piano.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium

Commission note: Commissioned by Freshwater Trio.

Originally commissioned by the Firebird Trio and scored for violin, cello and piano in 2009. Rewritten for violin and piano in 2012.


Tango Preludio, after a theme by F.Chopin

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