Astor Piazzolla has been absent of any comment, let alone of a topic, at least the last five months, as far I can follow these forums. Having noticed a great interest, at least from a group of posters, in the importance of 20th century music, I wonder how they envisage the role, significance and contribution of this otherwise great Argentinian composer to the classical or even generally speaking western music.
My personal perception (along with most of the musicians of Chamber Music I know and have worked with) is that he is a truly great composer of serious and substantive music, mostly if not entirely in the tango (nuevo) form. His Music is full of rich and extremely meaningful melodies, second to none; some of them, like the second theme (the hymn) of Addios Nonino, the theme of Oblivion, the second theme of the Invierno Porteno and most of his songs are unique in power of expression, in heavenly divine melodies, while the rhythms are strong, assertive and aggressive at the same time.
His legacy in the tango form is given and safeguarded. The problem lies in his contribution in the classical realm or franchise. Quite a few people think tango does not belong to the "serious" nature of Classical Music. However, a good number of soloists and Chamber musicians as well as ensembles show a constant respect to Piazzolla's music. Kremer, Accardo, Barenboim, YoYo Ma, Patrick Gallois, a great number of guitarists and quite a few Chamber Ensembles have firmly recorded CDs on music of the great Astor.
So, are you aware of the music of this most great Argentinian composer? How much of his music is known to you and how do you evaluate him and his output?