Monday, July 5, 2010

June 2010 Review of Piazzolla Videos

There were 606 videos of Piazzolla’s music posted on YouTube in the month of June, 2010, an increase of 15% over June, 2009. 464 (77%) of the videos were performance videos featuring live performances. The others were videos which used Piazzolla’s music as a sound track for dancing or photo/video montages. I highlighted my journey through these many videos in this blog.

Fifty-one percent of the performance videos were in the classical mode, 10% in Nuevo tango, 24% in pop and 15% in jazz.

Here are the most frequently performed pieces this month (Libertango was the most frequently played – 33% of the total; the others follow in order):

1. Libertango
2. Oblivion
3. Adios Nonino
4. Verano Porteño
5. La muerte del angel
6. Histoire du tango - Cafè 1930
7. Histoire du tango - Bordel 1900
8. Primavera Porteña
9. Histoire du tango - Nightclub 1960
10. Tango suite

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

The performance videos came from 49 different countries. Argentina posted the most videos: 73. The top ten posting countries are listed in order here:

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

There were three Piazzolla original performances posted and they all had been previously posted.

Quality of performance varied from excellent to bizarre. My choice for best of the month is the performance of Tanguango by the Zinger Trio. If the video does not appear below, click here.

The choice for most bizarre this month is a video of a Dutch marching band performing Adios Nonino (which starts 1'52" into the video). If the video does not appear below, click here.

I have put a table with links to all 606 videos as well as some more information on the videos on the June, 2010 link in my Piazzolla on Video website.

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