Tango for Pianoforte

Scope and Content

The original score - of which this is a photocopy - is handwritten by Burgess and is inscribed "Nov. 24 1984".

Administrative / Biographical History

Tango for Pianoforte probably owes its creation to Yvar Mikhashoff (1941-1993), an American pianist on the music faculty of the State University of New York at Buffalo whom Burgess most likely met in Spring 1976 during his residency there. In October 1984, Burgess sent Mikhashoff a copy of his new choral work "In Time of Plague", which may have prompted Mikhashoff to invite Burgess to compose a piece for the International Tango Collection, an initiative that Mikhashoff had conceived the previous year. Burgess completed his tango in November 1984, and on 14 April 1985 it was one of 88 tangos premiered by Mikhashoff at the North American New Music Festival in Buffalo. It was later performed at a commemorative concert, titled "Anthony Burgess: The Years in Monaco", at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco on 21 November 1994, and subsequently at a concert of piano, vocal and chamber music by Burgess that was held at Brown University, Rhode Island, America in February 1999. The concert was titled The Brides of Enderby.

Alternative Form Available

An engraved copy of the score, published by Saga Music Publishing Ltd in 1995, is filed alongside the photocopied manuscript.

Location of Originals

"Anthony Burgess Papers", Harry Ransom Center: The University of Texas, Austin.


BURGESS, Anthony: The Piano Music of Anthony Burgess. Performed by Richard Casey. (Prima Facie, 2016)