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The Cambridge Companion to Tango

Author(s): Edited by Kristin Wendland, Kacey Link

ISBN: 9781108971423
Publication Date: 8/3/2024
Pages: 414
Format: Paperback
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Tango music rapidly became a global phenomenon as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, with about 30% of gramophone records made between 1903 and 1910 devoted to it. Its popularity declined between the 1950s and the 1980s but has since risen to new heights. This Companion offers twenty chapters from varying perspectives around music, dance, poetry, and interdisciplinary studies, including numerous visual and audio illustrations in print and on the accompanying webpages. Its multidisciplinary approach demonstrates how different disciplines intersect through performative, historical, ethnographic, sociological, political, and anthropological perspectives. These thematic continuities illuminate diverse international perspectives and highlight how the art form flourished in Argentina, Uruguay and abroad, while tracing its international and cultural impact over the last century. This book is an innovative resource for scholars and students of tango music, particularly those seeking a diverse international perspective on the subject.

  • Accounts for diverse international perspectives and research approaches to deepen our understanding of tango as a global phenomenon
  • Delivers tango scholarship that is relevant to today's world, addressing topics from political, racial, and gender issues to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions
  • Illuminates how tango can be viewed as a case study for understanding broader humanistic concepts