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Tango Masters: Anibal Troilo (Volume 1) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Michael Lavocah was absorbed by tango music from his first encounter with it. More than twenty years study of the subject, as a dancer, teacher, DJ and collector has provided him with an in-depth knowledge of this unique musical heritage. A natural raconteur, Michael is always sharing his knowledge of the music with anyone who will listen. This led to his popular talks on tango music and then in 2012 to his first book 'Tango Stories, Musical Secrets', which immediately established itself as the book for tango dancers wanting a guide to tango music. The guide has been translated into German, Spanish and French. Michael runs the tango music website milonga.co.uk and teaches and DJs tango internationally. He is a long time practitioner of Tai Chi and the Taoist arts. He lives in England.
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I'm bi-lingual and appreciated the author's command of the Spanish language, especially the Lunfardo (slang) of Buenos Aires. Much of the information presented in this book is not available anywhere else to “English only readers”. For example, the side-by-side, English-Spanish lyric translations are linguistically accurate and also capture the complex emotions of the tango.
There is a real shortage of authoritative tango books in English because most simply focus on someone's person experience with the tango. However, this book is meticulously researched, well documented and well written. Plus, it is interesting and fun to read. Finally, the book contains an excellent discography, an appendix on orchestra formations, a detailed bibliography and is well indexed.
This book is much more than just another good read on the tango. Thank you Michael. Five Stars!
And what is outstanding is the detailed discussion of many tracks, where I discovered new details of music I had listened to thousands of times and discussed myself in my teaching. Troilo's music is rather complex, and many tango dancers find it difficult to dance to it. Michael Lavocah's discussions really help to find an approach to it and I'm sure they help to eventually love Troilo's beautiful music.