“Série rare”, by Jean-Sylvain Negre

In this channel – from Patagonia – travel back to 1910-1920.

By the low number of hits, evidently hardly anyone knows in Argentina, or around the world for this matter , that this jewel exists!

One of the videos in this series takes an upward look and brief tour at a vast number of boxes containing these pianola rolls.

These pianola rolls get old brittle and break.   These YouTube videos are therefore Very Rare.

The pianola mimics the pedal work of the original performer, so it captures more than a simple reproduction of the notes.   Hopefully this gives us a window into the popularity of tango and of the approach to these compositions in “real” time!

If people that could afford a player piano in Patagonia, could afford to buy Tango pianola rolls, clearly in 1910, 1920, Tango was NOT simply the music of the brothel !!!!

This video of an expensive pianola, that lived its life in the parlor of a rural family, clearly shows that this myth is pernicious and reflects a bias against Latin American culture.  Any music was played in any brothel in the world in the early 1900s including  Jazz and classical music .

Maybe someday someone in the English speaking world will notice how many of the songs are about social commentary.   Not usually the topic in houses of ill repute!

Jean-Sylvain Negre

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Marcelo Solis

Marcelo Solis was born in Argentina. Through his family and the community that saw his upbringing, Marcelo has been intimately involved with Tango all his life. Marcelo has been an Argentine Tango dancer, choreographer and instructor for over 25 years. He’s love for Tango dancing and tango music, particularly from the 1930’s through the 1940’s, is undeniable when you meet him. Marcelo is a milonguero. See more at http://escuelatangoba.com/marcelosolis/about-me/