Two Compositions by Contemporary Argentinian Composers

Modern South American classical music composers often blur the lines between strictly classical and indigenous folkloric styles.

But that kind of classical/popular music fusion has been going on for eons as evidenced by the French secular song L’homme Armé which became widely tune for settings of the ordinary of the mass in the 1400’s and 1500’s.

Here are two examples of classical/popular fusion in the works of two contemporary classical music composers, Jorge Cardoso ( and Jose Luis Merlin ( From the Billington and Gonzalez Duo ( concert at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, November 22, 2015, in Palmetto Bay, FL.

Al Compas de la Viguela (2002) – Jorge Cardoso (b. 1949)

Brota un Lamento Sentido (Milonga)
Meticuloso (Choro)

Agua de Trapiche – Jose Luis Merlin (b. 1952)

Lago de La Florida
El Ramanso
Rio Grande

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