Ástor Piazzolla  

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Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla (March 11, 1921July 4, 1992) was an Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. He is therefore widely considered the most important tango composer of the latter half of the twentieth century. A formidable bandoneonist, he continuously performed his own compositions with different ensembles. He is known in his native land as "El Gran Ástor" ("The Great Astor").



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