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Tango Melancólico (One Sad, Silly Tango)

Listen to a performance of the original version of Tango Melancólico by the Plymouth State University Symphonic Band, Gary Corcoran, conductor:

Listen to the revised One Sad, Silly Tango B section with singing:



  • Score: $5.00; set of parts: $20 (for reproduction rights; additional charge for hard copies)
  • For band (alternate B section with singing)
  • A piece that changes moods from sad to silly and back—listen to the alternate version with singing!
  • 5:45
  • Difficulty rating (I-VI): III
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Finalist, Wegmans/Penfield Music Commissioning Project Composition Contest

Tango Melancólico was premiered by the Greeneville (TN) High School Symphonic Band, with the composer conducting. It’s dedicated to Peter M. Hodges, longtime director of the Greeneville High School Bands, and my own first music teacher. Tango Melancólico gives bands the opportunity to explore a variety of musical moods and contexts in a very accessible setting. This is one of the few pieces of mine that I’ve continued to tinker with after it was “finished”—I later added some singing to the B section, of the original work, and gave it the new title One Sad, Silly Tango. This piece has been performed with choreography (!) to great laughter and applause. Click on both audio links above to compare the two versions.

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