Bárbara Varassi Pega Doctoral Degree

On Thursday 11 December at 16.15 p.m., at the Academiegebouw Leiden, Rapenburg 73, docARTES-PhD candidate Bárbara Varassi Pega will publicly defend her thesis:

Creating and Re creating Tangos: Artistic Processes and Innovations in Music by Pugliese, Salgán, Piazzolla and Beytelmann

A concert with her music will be held on Tuesday 9 December at 20.00 p.m. at the WMDC (World Music and Dance Centre), Pieter de Hoochweg 125, Rotterdam. Reservations at: 010-2444500.

On Wednesday 10 December, out of the unique opportunity of gathering a team of international researchers and experts who are members of the jury of Bárbara Varassi Pega’s PhD dissertation, a Symposium on (artistic) research, (world) music and (tango) creation will be held, from 14.30 p.m. until 18.00 p.m., at Codarts (main building), Theaterzaal (6.41), Kruisplein 26, 3012 CC Rotterdam (tel.: 010-2171100). 

This event, aimed at students and the greater artistic community, will start with a lecture by Barbara Varassi Pega herself on the outcomes of her PhD research. After this, each expert will have ten minutes to address a subject related to (artistic) research, (world) music and (tango) creation, or to his own research or field of expertise. The symposium will conclude with a round-table discussion in which students and other participants are invited to ask questions and join the debate. 

The international guests include Gustavo Beytelmann (Codarts Hogeschool, Rotterdam, Netherlands); Prof. Dr. Edgardo ‘Chino’ Rodríguez (Universidad de La Plata, Argentine); Prof. Dr. Esteban Buch (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, France); Leo Vervelde (Codarts Hogeschool, Netherlands); Dr. Wim van der Meer (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands); Omar García Brunelli (Instituto Nacional de Musicología de Buenos Aires, Argentina); and Prof. Dr. Enrique Cámara de Landa (Universidad de Valladolid, Spain).

Symposium Full Programme

14.30 – 15.00              Presentation by Bárbara Varassi Pega’s of her dissertation Creating and Re‐creating Tangos: Artistic Processes and Innovations in Music by Pugliese, Salgán, Piazzolla and Beytelmann

15.15 – 15.25              Refection by Edgardo ‘Chino’ Rodríguez on texture in tango music

15.25 – 15.35              Refection by Esteban Buch on practical knowledge and theoretical knowledge

15.35 – 15.45              Refection by Leo Vervelde on tango in the Netherlands

15.45 – 15.55              Refection by Wim van der Meer on artistic research and tradition

15.55 – 16.05              Refection by Omar García Brunelli on musical twists and ‘dynamic’ composers

16.05 – 16.15              Refection by Enrique Cámara de Landa on methodological issues in his research of Italian tango

16.15 – 16.30             Interval

16.30 – 18.00             Round-table discussion

Bárbara´s 1st Promotor, Prof. Dr. Joep Bor, will moderate the session.


Summary of Bárbara Varassi Pega´s dissertation

In this dissertation I dig into the constituent elements of River Plate tango in order to decode how specific musical materials were organized and combined by four outstanding musicians: Pugliese, Salgán, Piazzolla and Beytelmann. For this purpose, I have analysed a select number of representative pieces through a study of their scores and recordings. This led to the definition of certain artistic processes and innovations within the genre, theoretical foundations for such processes, and, in all, a deeper understanding of the art of creating tango music, in addition to an overall, chronological view of its development and techniques, as well as the composition of new pieces. The articulation of this (partly) embodied knowledge has resulted in an original contribution to the field, providing new insights with which both I and the greater artistic community can enrich our skills in arranging, composing and performing tango music.

The supervising team consists of:

Prof. Dr. Joep Bor - 1st promotor - Universiteit Leiden

Prof. Frans de Ruiter - 2nd promotor - Universiteit Leiden

Prof. Dr. Edgardo Rodriguez - 3rd promotor - Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes

Gustavo Beytelmann - co-promotor - Codarts Hogeschool, Rotterdam


Bárbara Varassi Pega will also be involved in a tour with her ensemble, playing on the following dates:

- 5 December, 20.00h, concert at Blue Note Amsterdam

- 7 December, 16.00h, concert at Splendor Theatre 

Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 116 - 1011 LX Amsterdam

020 - 845 33 45

-              15 December, 20.30h, concert at De Doelen Theatre - Eduard Flipse Zaal, Rotterdam

Last Modified: 05-12-2014