Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Theatre and Dance


The intense rhythms and melancholic melodies of the tango have created a well-known genre to listeners around the world, who recognize the music as both exotic and familiar. Although inextricably linked to Argentina,and specifically to its capital, Buenos Aires, the tango has dispersed throughout the world to the point where it is globally identifiable. This paper will examine how the tango formed and developed into a global sensation, contextualizing the music both within its complex historical and migratory patterns,as well as transcultural and globalist discourse. It will additionally present analysis of several pieces that are representative of the changes in musical style over the past century and elaborate on the composers that contributed to the tango’s transnational dissemination.