Music From Argentina

One day Maurice came home with the information that he had just purchased tickets for a concert of music from Argentina, something I know very little about except that it often has a tango music influence. In fact, years ago I went with Maurice on a business trip to Argentina and we saw tangos done in the street. Anyway, I was happy to go especially since it was taking place in the nearby chateau of la Tour d’Aigues.

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It was once a really love place as shown in old prints, rather Italian in flavor, but destroyed during the French Revolution which seems like a shame to me. Why destroy beauty? I’ve seen door and windows around the town which were probably taken from the ruins.

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It is slowly being restored but probably not much more that it is now. In the summer there are concerts outside with the grounds, a very nice place to be.

Our concert was inside the chateau as it is still chilly in the evenings, down deep inside and under of what remains outside. We were in what I would call a cave, a room with a round ceiling with perfect acoustics.

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The hall entering the cave that I didn’t get a photo of.

We arrived a little early and sat down. A man in front of us was asked to move and he went balistic and started shouting. The room went dead silent. He obviously wasn’t going to move. I decided that he was mentally unbalanced and was hoping that he would keep quiet during the concert and that the music would sooth the savage beast, so to speak. When a man got up front to introduce the musicians, the crazy man started yelling at him. It was very uncomfortable. Luckily for all of us, he left after the first song.

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A victory angel above the door of the chateau.

The musical group, Milontango, was a trio of women from Nice, one Italian, one German and one Argentenian which I thought was interesting. There was a piano, bass fiddle and a flute. They were really very good and the music was great.

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While I was sitting there listening I could help but go back to all of the many concerts I attended with my exhusband. He was a musician and loved music. I knew very little other than the rock and roll I grew up with, Elvis and Ricky Nelson being just two. In college I was required to take a music appreciation class, all classical music as it turned out. Our final was to listen to just a portion of a record (way before tapes and CD’s) and be able to tell who the composer was. I had to spend a lot of time in the library trying to learn how to do that. I got so I could actually tell if it was Chopin or Bach, their music being rather like hand writing with a distinct sound. It still is with me years later and I can use that knowledge when I listen to classical music on the radio, which isn’t very often to tell the truth. Anyway, I sat through many operas and symphonies and even attented every single night of a famous piano competition in Fort Worth. Maurice likes an occasional classical concert. Back when we first started dating, we went to hear a sympony. This is where I found out that he often sleeps during concerts–movies too.

The name of the group was Milontango and here is a link to their website: Milontango They were very accomplished to my amateur ear and it was a great night.

9 thoughts to “Music From Argentina”

  1. It’s a shame people destroy some great cultural heritage sites due to political reasons. Luckily, the French have since taken grat steps to protect their national monuments. And I still grieve over those thousands of cultural sites destroyed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution…

    And oh, that chateau must hv been a gem during its heyday… πŸ™‚

  2. The pictures are great, Linda. Silly, I know, but my point of reference right now with the tango is DWTS – and more the dance than the music. I just know it’s very romantic and very “hot”.

    Great post.

  3. Sounds great; I agree, very evocative post, with your recollections, and the photos. Plus a shouting, crazy man! There always seems to be one, even if he doesn’t act out, bubbling away just below the surface at so many public gatherings.

  4. Beautiful pictures as usual! It is so sad to me that historical monuments can be destroyed because of war.
    Happy to hear the crazy shouting man left early on without causing too many disruptions!

    How’s your snail population doing?

  5. Looks an interesting and fascinating visit.
    Not nice to have the crazy man though. On our last visit to the theatre we had 2 couples next to us who were drunk. That was very unpleasant, especially as one guy left worse for wear and the wife sent the other guy after him, then he cam back then they all went out. After the interval they all came back. Spoilt my evening.

  6. Your concert sounded quite enjoyable, except for the crazy guy….good thing he left!

    I have learned a lot about classical music by osmosis, being married to someone trained in it (piano) who is not a professional musician but whose great passion is music, especially classical. I never took a music appreciation class, but I remember those stations in the library where one could go and listen to records…I would do that now and then. I always tended to prefer the second movements that were slower and “prettier” (the musicians out there will be cringing at my descriptions!

    That’s a great venue for your concert… am wondering what those are in the last shot? Architectural decor? It is unusual.

    Sara

  7. Dear Linda,
    I’m the flutiste of Milontango. I’ve fund your blog “par hasard”.
    Very happy you mitting and thanks for your coments.
    Thank you for sharing this with us!
    Miriam

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