Monday, May 3, 2010

April 2010 Review of Piazzolla Videos

There were 610 videos of Piazzolla’s music posted on YouTube in the month of April, 2010, an increase of 25% over April, 2009. 487 (80%) of the videos were performance videos featuring live performances. The others were videos which used Piazzolla’s music as a sound track for photo or video montages. I have highlighted my journey through these many videos in this blog.

Forty-three percent of the performance videos were in the classical mode, 22% in Nuevo tango, 22% in pop and 13% in jazz.

Here are the most frequently performed pieces this month (Libertango was the most frequently played – 27% of the total; the others follow in order):

1. Libertango
2. Oblivion
3. Adios Nonino
4. Invierno Porteño
5. Histoire du tango - Café 1930
6. Histoire du tango - Bordel 1900
7. Histoire du tango - Nightclub 1960
8. La Muerte del ángel
9. Verano Porteño
10. Primavera Porteña

The top three on this list seem to be fairly stable month-to-month but the bottom seven change every month. Seventy-one different compositions were covered in the videos this month.

The performance videos came from 51 different countries. Argentina posted the most videos: 61. The top ten posting countries are listed in order here:

1. Argentina
2. Italy
3. USA
4. Netherlands
5. Russia
6. France
7. Japan
8. Brazil
9. Mexico
10. Germany

There was only one Piazzolla original performances posted and it had been previously posted.

Quality of performance varied from excellent to bizarre. My choice for best of the month is the performance of Libertango by the European Jazz Quartet.

The choice for most bizarre this month is a video of Balada para un loco being performed by beginning violinist Stacey who has charm if not yet skills.

I have put a table with links to all 610 videos as well as some more information on the videos on the April, 2010 link in my Piazzolla on Video website.

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