Who was Astor Piazzolla? Google Doodle celebrates the late Argentine composer’s 100th birthday.
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TODAY’S Google Doodle celebrates what would be the 100th birthday of Astor Piazzolla.
The legendary Argentine composer passed away in 1992 – but his story lives on.
Who is Astor Piazzolla?
Piazzolla is known for revolutionizing the traditional tango.
He created a hybrid genre known commonly as ‘nuevo tango.’
He was born in Argentina in 1921 – but moved to New York with his family at a young age.
His father bought him a bandoneon – which is an accordion-like-instrument that helps to create the tango sound.
Piazzolla wrote his first tango at the age of 11.
After returning to Argentina, he gave up tango to study classical music and become a modernist classical composer.
Later on in life, he applied his knowledge of classical music to the tango sound and created the band ‘Octeto Buenos Aires.’
It is estimated that he wrote 3,000 original compositions and recorded an additional 500.
Google Doodle decided to celebrate his life on March 11 as he would have celebrated his 100th birthday today.
When did Astor Piazzolla die?
The legendary composer sadly passed away on July 4, 1992.
The Astor Piazzolla International Airport in Mar del Plata has been named in his honor.