New Music Friday: Tango from España

The Tango from “España” was originally written for piano as a part of the suite “España” by Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909). In addition to composing, Albeniz was known for his conducting and his virtuoso piano playing. His piano works were written in Spanish folk idioms and many were transcribed for guitar where they became standards in the classical guitar repertoire. Albeniz did much to promote Spanish music and he had a profound influence on contemporary composers.

The understated elegance of this Tango is characterized by graceful melodies, rich harmonies and classic tango rhythms.

About Tango from España

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The quiet beauty of this piece will be enhanced by an unhurried tempo, expressive melodic playing and understated dynamics.  A feeling of graceful elegance should prevail.

About Robert Longfield

Robert Longfield is an award-winning composer, conductor, arranger, and educator. Mr. Longfield has earned degrees in music education and music performance from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami. His teachers include Dr. William D. Revelli, Jerry Bilik, Larry Teal, Elizabeth Green, and Dr. Alfred Reed.

Mr. Longfield’s career as a music educator spanned 42 years in the public schools of Michigan and Florida. He was the band and orchestra director at Davison (MI) High School from 1969-1986. He held a similar position at Miami Palmetto Senior High for 27 years until his retirement in 2014. He was chairman of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Palmetto for 22 years and was named Palmetto’s “Teacher of the Year.” He has served as a District Chairman in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the Florida Orchestra Association.

Mr. Longfield is currently the conductor of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band. He is the recipient of the “Teacher of the Year” award from the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association and the “Mr. Holland Award” from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

A member of ASCAP, Mr. Longfield has received numerous commissions and has over 500 publications to his credit. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded by bands and orchestras throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world.

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