European Piano Teachers Association - The Netherlands

Boekpresentatie livestream Barbara Varassi Pega

3 juni 2021

De volgende ledenactiviteit staat gepland op donderdagavond 3 juni om 20:30u. Barbara Varassi Pega gaat ons via een livestream alles vertellen over haar nieuwe boek over tango en piano.

Deze activiteit is gratis voor leden, na aanmelding via [email protected] wordt de link toegestuurd.


Piano students of all levels show an increasing interest in popular music repertoires. Tango music – captivating musicians and audiences worldwide– is no exception to this, mainly through the work of renowned Astor Piazzolla and several famous tango pieces that have become universally known. In this online event by EPTA, I will present my recently published book The Art of Tango and show some main aspects of tango piano performance together with bandoneonist Gerardo Agnese.

The Art of Tango is a systematic exploration of the performance, arrangement and composition of River Plate tango music, which has captivated musicians and audiences worldwide. The book discusses traditional practices, the De Caro school and the pioneering works of four celebrated innovators: Osvaldo Pugliese, Horacio Salgán, Astor Piazzolla and Gustavo Beytelmann. Three of them pianists and one bandoneonist, they were all arrangers, composers, performers and band leaders all-in-one.

The volume and its companion website with audio-visual materials analyse, decode, compare and discuss literature, scores and recordings, combining the study of oral traditions and written sources to provide a deeper understanding of tango’s artistic concepts, characteristics and techniques. Tango is explored through the lens of artistic research: in addition to a detailed examination of the various approaches to tango by the musicians featured in this book, I also discuss three of my own compositions embodying creative applications of the research findings. The Art of Tango is a unique source offering numerous tools for developing skills in practice, inspiring new musical output and the continuation of research for everyone with an interest in tango, whether they be composers, performers, arrangers, teachers, music lovers or scholars in the field of popular music studies.

Bárbara Varassi Pega is a Rotterdam based pianist, arranger, composer, researcher and educator born in Rosario, Argentina. Specialized in River Plate tango music, she has toured Europe and Argentina with diverse ensembles, recorded several CDs and published articles related to her fields of expertise. She is the author of The Art of Tango, a unique book with a companion website on tango performance, arrangement and composition published in 2021 by renowned Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. She currently works as artistic research coach in the Master of Music and coordinator of the module Musical Diversity in the Bachelor of Music at Codarts University of the Arts, Rotterdam, where she also fulfills a postdoc project around tango music creation and education. She also works as an artistic research coach in the Master of Music at Fontys University of Fine and Performing Arts, Tilburg. Tango Tinto and Tango Gradus ad Parnassum are her two main ensembles.

She has obtained two Bachelor degrees in piano, at the Instituto Provincial del Profesorado de Música in Rosario (1998) and the Conservatorio Statale di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Milan, Italy (2003). In 2009 she completed a Master of Music at the Tango Department within the World Music Department at Codarts University of the Arts, Rotterdam and in 2014 a PhD trajectory at the Academy of Creative and Performing Arts, Leiden University, as part of the docARTES programme. She also completed studies in composition at the Conservatoire de musique, de danse et d’art dramatique du Pays de Montbéliard, France, 2015.