"Canaro en París" by Juan D'Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1940.

Canaro en Paris. Music sheet original cover.

Alejandro Scarpino

Bandoneonist, leader and composer (16 January 1904 - 27 May 1970)

He was, as a performer, a player with a very good technique and a great command of his instrument.

He was born on January 6, 1922, on 753 Agüero Street —in the heart of the neighborhood of el Abasto—.

In 1925 he appeared at a café of La Boca —Noce—, the place where Scarpino might have composed his famous tango “Canaro en París”.

The composer himself, in a radio interview, said that it was a number with no title. But one day when he was on a streetcar in the Última Hora newspaper he read a headline: «Canaro arrives in Paris». Those lines inspired him and soon later, before the creation of SADAIC, on May 6, 1927 he filed a record —as it was costumary then— at the Biblioteca Nacional as «Gran tango de salón para piano».

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