Friday, October 15, 2010

September, 2010 Review of Piazzolla Videos

There were 742 videos of Piazzolla’s music posted on YouTube in the month of September, 2010, an increase of 56% over September, 2009. 475 (64%) 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-three percent of the performance videos were in the classical mode, 16% in jazz, 20% in nuevo tango and 21% in pop.

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. Invierno Porteño
6. La muerte del angel
7. Histoire du tango - Cafè 1930
8. Primavera Porteña
9. Milonga del angel
10. Histoire du tango - Bordel 1900

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

The performance videos came from 56 different countries. Argentina posted the most videos: 86. The top ten posting countries are listed in order here:

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

There were five Piazzolla original performances posted. All but one have been previously posted. The new video was a performance of Moderato tangabile.

Quality of performance varied from excellent to bizarre. My choice for best of the month is the performance by Piazzolla of Moderato tangabile. If that video does not appear below, click here.

The choice for most bizarre this month is a knife diver version of Libertango. If that video does not appear below, click here.

I have put a table with links to all 742 videos as well as some more information on the videos on the September, 2010 link in my Piazzolla on Video website.

Best video of the month:

Most bizarre video of the month:

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