A NEW ERA FOR RIOPLATENSES
By the 1930's, tangos were being written for and by middle class people who graduated from universities. The cultural spectrum had changed in the region and tango reflected this. Perhaps taking influence from 20th century classical music or big bands, tango orchestras grew in size. They included more trained musicians from the conservatories. Orchestrations of the time demonstrated the truly interpretative nature of Tango.
When World War II began, tango entered into its most popular era yet. Because nothing entered into the region during the war, tango - the Rio Plata's native music and dance - flourished. Any social place one went to, one encountered tango music or dance. Tango thrived under these conditions and would continue to do so until the early 1950's.
Argentina's growth continued after the war, turning Buenos Aires to a huge metropolis the likes of New York, London, and Mexico City and again tango music changed. It began to reflect a preoccupation with progress, work and the tensions of a faster lifestyle. It was during this time in the 1950's that tango found one of its greatest innovators, Astor Piazzolla. Piazzolla drew on his experience with Troilo's "Orchestra Tipica" and took influence from his classical training and jazz appreciation. He incorporated instruments into tango that were considered unorthodox. Although debated amongst tango fans, as to whether Piazzolla's tango was "real tango", Piazzolla definitely reintroduced tango to a worldwide audience and it was probably during this time that the term "Tango for Export" came to be used. continued >>