Barbara Varassi Pega publicly defended her PhD dissertation Creating and Re-creating Tangos: Artistic Processes and Innovations in Music by Pugliese, Salgán, Piazzolla and Beytelmann on Thursday December 11, 2014 at Leiden University.
In this dissertation, Barbara Varassi Pega digs into the constituent elements of River Plate tango in order to decode how specific musical materials were organized and combined by four outstanding musicians: Pugliese, Salgán, Piazzolla and Beytelmann. For this purpose, she has analysed a select number of representative pieces through a study of their scores and recordings. This led to the definition of certain artistic processes and innovations within the genre, theoretical foundations for such processes, and, in all, a deeper understanding of the art of creating tango music, in addition to an overall, chronological view of its development and techniques, as well as the composition of new pieces. The articulation of this (partly) embodied knowledge has resulted in an original contribution to the field, providing new insights with which the greater artistic community can enrich their skills in arranging, composing and performing tango music.
The supervising team consisted of:
Prof. Dr. Joep Bor (1st promotor), Universiteit Leiden
Prof. Frans de Ruiter (2nd promotor), Universiteit Leiden
Prof. Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez (3rd promotor), Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes
Gustavo Beytelmann (co-promotor), Codarts Hogeschool, Rotterdam