Thursday, June 25, 2009

Inside A Cafe They Play A Song of Piazzolla

"Inside a cafe they play a song of Piazzola [sic]." Those words and the video title, "Music in the old city of Jerusalem," are all we know about this performance of Chiquilin de bachin. Seven musicians: three saxophones, three brass and a drummer who doubles as vocalist; ambience that belongs in a novel; an audience of card playing old men, pretty girls and students; and camera work that defines the utility of a tripod. It makes for an authentic experience and reminds us of the universality of Piazzolla's music.

The song itself was written in the 1968-69 period and the lyrics are from Piazzolla's primary lyricist, Horacio Ferrer. It is one of the few waltzes composed by Piazzolla. Fittingly, the song was created to commemorate a young boy selling flowers, table by table, at a cafe frequented by Piazzolla and his friends - perhaps a cafe not unlike that in this video.

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To learn more about Piazzolla videos, visit the Piazzolla Video site.

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