Punta del Este
In 1979, after several tours in Europe and numerous works to his credit, including Suite Troileana and Summit (Reunion Cumbre), Astor Piazzolla took a summer vacation in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Not far from his native Argentina, he embraces the beautiful city, just like the jet-set and the vacationers. Between two sessions of shark fishing, the musician takes advantage of this small break to go and listen to an orchestra at the Saint-Ferdinand de Maldonado cathedral, a few kilometers away. When he left, it was obvious: he was going to compose a musical creation that he imagined would be performed in this exceptional place. His work is structured around three movements: Introduction (Introduccion), Chorale (Coral) and Fugue (Fuga). The following year, the Center for Arts and Letters of Punta del Este authorized Astor Piazzolla to perform in the cathedral on March 2, 1980.
Suite Punta del Este is an immediate success. The work was then played in many venues, including the municipal theater in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 2, 1981, where the only true recording of this composition was made. Punta del Este also inspired the musician to write Escualo, “shark” in English. During one of his fishing trips, which became an obsession, Astor Piazzolla had great difficulty in reeling in one of them. The tugging he had felt during his fight with the shark reminded him of the one he felt when he played for several hours and inspired him to write this piece. A commemorative plaque has since been affixed to a wall in the harbor to show the city’s gratitude to this great artist who contributed to its fame.
Astor Piazzolla became interested in tango at the age of eight, much to the delight of his father.
Punta del Este
Only 134 km from Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, Punta del Este is a very popular seaside resort in South America. Although Punta del Este has 7,500 inhabitants, the city welcomes nearly 700,000 visitors a year, attracted by its white sandy beaches and clubs.
In addition to its important tourist activity, even attracting personalities like Ralph Lauren or Shakira, the city is also one of the stops of the famous poker tournament, Latin American Poker Tour. Playa Brava is home to one of the huge sculptures by Chilean Mario Irarrázabal, titled Mano and created in 1981 during the first international conference of outdoor sculpture. The Casa Pueblo, the beautiful white villa of the artist Páez Vilaró, can be admired from the outside as well as the inside thanks to its museum open to the public.
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