Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) tells: "The Three Tangos were composed towards the end of 1999 at the request of the InTime Quintet. Before I began working on the commission, I debated various ways of dealing with the tango as a genre of composition. One would have been to compose a fairly conventional, tonal tango, another to create a modernised, atonal one. There was also a third alternative: to regard the tango more as the reflection of a state of mind. It would to some extent then be possible to disregard the typical tango beat. I chose the first of these options. In other words, the three tangos all come close to the traditional Argentine tango in character. They are tonal, melodic and dance-like. The Tango lamentoso and Tango appassionato are basically in C minor and the Tango dolente in G minor. They are not, however, intended to be sung; they are a form of instrumental music, and in order to make an impact require temperament and virtuosity in the musicians."
Movements: 1. Tango dolente 2. Tango lamentoso 3. Tango appassionato
This product is the set of five parts (violin, guitar, accordion, piano, double bass). The full score is available as product no. 9790550096981.