Francisco Fiorentino. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires

“Mano brava” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

Francisco Fiorentino. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos AiresFrancisco Fiorentino

Singer, bandoneon player and composer
(23 September 1905 – 11 September 1955)

Fiorentino was, no doubt, the archetype of the orchestra singer, a concept which synthetically describes the main feature of tango in the 40s, when the singer was a member of the group on the same level as the musicians. Fiorentino and Troilo achieved a well-oiled mechanism, of a perfect match where the orchestra was spotlighted in a long introduction to afterwards provide the adequate background necessary for the singer´s showcasing.

He was not virtuoso, his voice was small and his diction was far from impeccable, but these technical disadvantages did not hamper his amazing success. His interpretations of the tangos “Gricel”, “Garúa” and “De barro”, of the waltz “Tu diagnóstico” and of the milonga “Mano brava” turned out anthological. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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Marcelo Solis

I was born in Argentina. Through my family and the community that saw my upbringing, I have been intimately involved with the culture of Tango all my life, and have been an Argentine Tango dance performer, choreographer and instructor for over 30 years. I profoundly love Tango dancing, music, and culture, particularly that of the Golden Era. I am a milonguero.

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