Work: Danzas Argentinas
About This Work
The Three Argentine Dances constitute perhaps the most popular work in the piano literature of Argentina. They were written during the 20-year-old composer's early, nationalistic period. However, unlike many of his colleagues, Ginastera used
folkloristic rhythms and melodic cells in a dissonant and virtuosic context, akin to Bartók's compositional world with its imaginary folklore. The first dance, "Danza del viejo boyero" (Dance of the Old Oxen-Keeper), is based on the rhythm of the malambo, a gaucho dance for a solo male that allows him to show off his tap-dancing talents. The second, "Danza de la moza donosa" (Dance of the Graceful Maiden), begins as a languid piece, turns rousing and intense, and then returns to its languor. The third piece, "Danza del gaucho matrero" (Dance of the Bandit Gaucho), is similar to the first but faster and makes use of recognizable melodic bits from Argentine folk music.
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