Saturday, August 7, 2010

July, 2010 Review of Piazzolla Videos

There were 666 videos of Piazzolla’s music posted on YouTube in the month of July, 2010, an increase of 19% over July, 2009. 459 (69%) 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.

Forty-seven percent of the performance videos were in the classical mode, 11% in jazz, 19% in nuevo tango and 23% in pop.

Here are the most frequently performed pieces this month (Libertango was the most frequently played – 29% of the total; the others follow in order):

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

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

The performance videos came from 49 different countries. Italy posted the most videos: 61. The top ten posting countries are listed in order here:

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

There were four Piazzolla original performances posted. All but one, Years of Solitude, had been previously posted.

Quality of performance varied from excellent to bizarre. My choice for best of the month is the original Piazzolla/Mulligan performance of Years of Solitude. If that video does not appear below, click here.

The choice for most bizarre this month is a concert version of Milonga del trovador by the virtual musician, Joaquin Gustav, in the virtual world of Second Life. If that video does not appear below, click here.

I have put a table with links to all 666 videos as well as some more information on the videos on the July, 2010 link in my Piazzolla on Video website.

Best Video of the Month

Most Bizarre Video of the Month

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