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by Crimson

Crimson is a duo who specializes in newly-commissioned works for violin and harp and transforms compositions which rarely feature this combination of instruments.
Genre: Classical: Chamber Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Histoire du Tango: Bordel, 1900
3:53 $2.47
2. Histoire du Tango: Cafe, 1930
7:52 $2.97
3. Fantaisie for Violin and Harp, Op. 124
13:18 $5.47
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Album Notes
Piazzolla’s Histoire du Tango (1986) was his only work written for flute and guitar, which were the first instruments linked to the development of the tango in Buenos Aires. Piazzolla (1921-1992) was a talented composer, and originally hid his Argentinian tango roots as he developed his music for traditional performance venues in Europe and America. After winning a composition competition, Piazzolla went to France to study with Nadia Boulanger. When she heard his work, she encouraged him to explore his own voice, and thus he dedicated his lifework this traditional musical genre on the worldwide stage.

The Saint-Saëns Fantaisie (1907) is probably the most -beloved original composition for violin and harp, and was composed when Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) was 82 years old. Especially notable is the balance of virtuosic lines which are passed between the violin and harp. He used nearly the full range of strings on the harp (with the exception of the lowest octave), and balanced the harp’s quick tonal decay with the resonance of the violin. Of course, this composition contains Saint-Saëns hauntingly-beautiful harmonic progressions. The work is clearly composed in five sections, with a return to the opening theme before the final coda.



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