This is a good place to start your search for tango books if you are dancing Argentine Tango and want to read more about it.
Or are you looking for gift ideas for tango dancers, newbies, or do you wanna treat yourself? These tango books might be exactly what you are looking for in order to create happy faces not only under the Christmas tree.
You are only thinking about starting to dance Argentine Tango. “Strictly come dancing” has definitely a motivational effect on people in the UK and other countries to start learning Argentine tango.
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Tango Books - English
With Tango Stories Michael Lavocah created a new genre of tango writing, an overview of the tango music of the Golden Age written for the dancer. It was rapidly embraced by the tango community all over the world as the dancer’s guide to tango music.
This book is available in four languages: English, German, French and Spanish. Turkish is in preparation.
Michael Lavocah: Tango Stories: Musical Secrets
Paperback – 13 Dec 2014
In this unique book, Michael Lavocah takes you on a compelling journey through tango music. He introduces the key individuals who shaped tango history, telling their stories in a series of lively vignettes. Engaging, entertaining and passionate, Tango Stories: Musical Secrets has been embraced by tango dancers around the world as the definitive guide to tango dance music.
Michael Lavocah: Tango Masters: Anibal Troilo: Volume 1
Paperback – 31 Jul 2014
In this book, the first in a series called Tango Masters, Michael Lavocah (author of Tango Stories, Musical Secrets) explains Troilo’s music to the modern dancing public. He introduces the musicians in the orchestra, helping you to hear them within the music, and then takes you through the dance recordings, paying special attention to the relationship between the music and the lyrics – a key factor to understanding this orchestra. Incorporating an invaluable discography, ‘Tango Masters: Aníbal Troilo’ allows the reader to follow Troilo’s journey as his music grows in sophistication, learning how to listen, and thus to feel, with more understanding and depth.
Michael Lavocah: Tango Masters: Osvaldo Pugliese: Volume 2
Paperback – 8 Sep 2016
This is Michael Lavocah’s second volume of the series Tango Masters, which explores the music of the great orchestras of tango’s Golden Age in depth.
Dive into the life and work of Osvaldo Pugliese.
Osvaldo Pugliese (1905-1995) created a new style of tango music that was beautiful, warm and powerful – the most passionate and intense that tango has ever known. He formed his orchestra in 1939 from a cell in Argentina’s most notorious political prison. Standing firm against decades of persecution for his communist beliefs, he eventually led his musicians and his devoted fans alike to a triumphant night at one of the world’s grandest opera house.
Michael Lavocah: Tango Masters: Carlos Di Sarli: Volume 3
Paperback – 27 May 2018
After eighteen months of hard work, volume 3 of Tango Masters is here!
Carlos Di Sarli created the most elegant tango music ever known. Uniquely amongst the great orchestras, his final recordings are loved as much or even more than his early ones. Great waves of melody create a majestic feeling, although the music remains at heart quite simple, a combination which makes it a favourite of those who love to dance. Whilst the melody is carried by the violins, the heart of the orchestra is the piano of Carlos Di Sarli himself.
Tango Masters, Carlos Di Sarli tells the story of the man and his music. Listening guides to almost a hundred of Di Sarli’s songs help you to appreciate, love and dance to this beautiful and elegant music.
David Thomas: Getting To Know: Twenty Tango Orchestras
Paperback – 1 Oct 2016
If you are interested in Argentine Tango and wanna know more about the different tango orchestras, David Thomas’ book is a good start. He will talk you through the main 20 orchestras you will be dancing to at the milongas. His style is entertaining and he offers playlists too.
Clive Harrison: Tango 500: A suggested library of five hundred tango songs arranged into tandas for dancing
Paperback – 3 Apr 2018
This book is about traditional tango dance music – that is, the music recorded by dance orchestras in Argentina between the late 1920s and late 1950s. It’s mainly a resource for new, inexperienced or even reluctant tango DJs – people who are taking responsibility for providing the music for dance events. It suggests a ‘starter collection’ of five hundred songs, arranged into ready-made tandas, intended to present the best orchestras and singers, and with the content weighted according to the relative importance of the different orchestras and representing their best periods.
María Oliva: I Am Tango. Biography of María Nieves
Paperback – 2016
After several months of interviews with María Nieves, the author of this book was able to shape a biography, and, with marvellous generosity, relinquished her first person voice to the dancer who transcended borders and represented Argentina to the world. In this book María Nieves is sensitively led to tell about her life: her darkest and her happiest moments.
Christine Denniston (Author), Gloria Arquimbau (Foreword), Eduardo Arquimbau (Foreword): The Meaning of Tango: The Story of the Argentinian Dance
Hardcover – 27 Sep 2007
‘The Meaning of Tango’ traces the roots of this captivating dance, from it’s birth in the poverty stricken Buenos Aires, the craze of the early 20th century, right up until it’s revival today, thanks to shows such as Strictly Come Dancing. This book offers history, knowledge, teachings and in-sights which makes it valuable for beginners, yet its in-depth analysis makes it essential for experienced dancers. It is an elegant and cohesive critique of the fascinating tale of the Tango, which not only documents its culture and politics, but is also technically useful.
Veronica Toumanova: Why Tango: Essays on learning, dancing and living tango argentino: Volume 1
Paperback – 8 Sep 2015
If you are interested in Argentine tango you know that, as Veronica writes in one of her essays, “Tango, no matter your involvement in it, becomes a kind of a world separate from the rest, with its own particular joys, sorrows, difficulties, rules, goals and pleasures.” And in this world there are both happiness and suffering. Whether you are a total beginner or an experienced dancer, in Veronica’s essays you will discover a rich source of knowledge and inspiration as she tackles complex psychological, social and pedagogical issues in tango as a social dance and a performing art.
More Tango Books
Tango Bücher - Deutsch
Susanne Mühlhaus: Die Maestros des Tango Argentino I: Vier spannende Portraits und ein Interview
Taschenbuch – 28. Juli 2016
Hier kann man sich ein Bild über die großen Maestros machen: Gustavo Naveira & Giselle Anne, Mariano ‘Chicho’ Frumboli, Rodrigo ‘Joe’ Corbata, Lucila Cionci, Carlos Espinoza & Noelia Hurtado, Maria Ines Bogado & Sebastian Jimenez – Ihr Werdegang, ihr Unterricht, ihre Unterrichtsphilosophie, was sie über den Tango denken u.v.m. Bestellbar bei Amazon.de. Leseproben auf www.sutango.com unter „Publikationen“.
weitere Tango Bücher
Die folgenden Tango Bücher sind im Moment ohne besondere Ordnung und Wertung gelistet. Einige Autoren haben mehrere Werke verfasst und sind im besten Fall direkt nebeneinander.
Zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt werde ich versuchen, die Bücher in Kategorien zu sortieren.
Auf jeden Fall viel Spass beim Stöbern.
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