Tres Minutos con la Realidad

(Three minutes with reality)


Composed: 1957
Instrumentation:  1st and 2nd violins, violas, cellos, and bass
Performance Time: 3 minutes


  • On his return to Argentina in 1955 Piazzolla formed his Orquesta de Cuerdas (string orchestra) and his Octeto Buenos Aires. It appears that Tres minutos con realidad was scored for both ensembles.
  • The piece shows the influence of his studies with Alberto Ginastera  as well as a hint of his admiration for Igor Stravinsky. With its edginess it suggests the “reality” of a big city – perhaps the New York of his youth, the Paris of the 50s or his beloved Buenos Aires.
  • It has been presented in many guises – for string and tango orchestras, string quartet, jazz combo, piano duo, and even for percussion ensemble.  Artists such as Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, and the cello ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker have performed it in concert and on recordings.


Piazzolla recorded the piece several times including for the BBC in 1989.


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