“Atenti pebeta” by Alfredo De Angelis y su Orquesta Típica with Julio Martel in vocals, 1949.

Ciriaco Ortiz. Argentine music to learn to dance at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires

Ciriaco Ortiz

Bandoneonist, director and composer (5 August 1905 - 9 July 1970)

It would be absolutely impossible to transcribe in a music staff what he plays in his instrument. What he contributes is the way of phrasing, of dividing the melody, of finding nuances, of harmonizing. It is a style with reminiscences of the guitar plucking of the milonguero criollo, which even though it has had no followers it may have much influenced Aníbal Troilo.

His most important composition was, no doubt, "Atenti pebeta" with lyrics by Celedonio Flores.

Music meant for him his passion and his way of living, and music accepted and recognised him. He was always welcome because of his permanent smile and his easy humor. He is, undoubtedly, a school for bandoneon players and a person who deserves to be well-remembered.

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