About Tango Music

Most of the music you hear at a Tango Club, called a 'milonga' is from the Golden Age of Tango, ie: the 1930s-1940s.
2 great websites with translated lyrics and songs to listen to is: http://poesiadegotan.wordpress.com/ and :
http://www.todotango.com.ar

Tango music evolved at the end of the 19th century with an influence from African rhythms. It completely changed in style and quickly became very chilled out, slow and 'charming' in the
1920s when most of it was played by trios of guitars, clarinets and flutes until the now signature 'bandoneon' arrived to Argentina and the first Tango Sextets were formed which included usually 2 bandoneons, 2 violins, a piano and a double bass.

Most of the early tango music was instrumental and most of the early lyrics were sarcastic, joking about the government or celebrities. Gradually over time the tango orchestras grew in size and singers became more important. Lyrics became more sentimental and often melancholic, especially in the 1940s. The orchestras began to become too artistic in the 1950s-1960s and tango music was in decline as rock and roll became the new craze. They say Tango almost died in the 1970s because so few people were dancing, but in the 1980s-1990s there was a huge revival, with lots of new tango shows touring the world in theatres, and new tango bands developing the music and creating new styles which is often referred to as Electro-Tango.









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