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Emilio Balcarce. Argentine music at Escuela de tango de Buenos Aires.
Emilio Balcarce. Argentine music at Escuela de tango de Buenos Aires.

Emilio Balcarce

Violinist, bandoneonist, bandleader, arranger and composer (22 February 1918 – 19 January 2011)

Enamored with music, his blood is nurtured by the sap of tango and the four-to-the-bar beat circulates in his veins as soon as his fingers caress the strings of his violin and transfer his feeling to the bandoneon keyboard.

He decided to play bandoneon to make it weep or sing influenced by its expressive forcefulness, the sweetness of its nuances and the harmony of its chords.

Playing as second violin for Osvaldo Pugliese —Herrero was the lead violin—, recorded “Si sos brujo” (composed by him). Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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Osvaldo Pugliese. Argentine Tango music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

Osvaldo Pugliese. Argentine Tango music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.Osvaldo Pugliese

Pianist, leader, composer.
(2 December 1905 – 25 July 1995)

It was his father who taught him his first music lessons, he started his first steps with violin too, but soon he switched to piano.

In the 40s Pugliese recorded some instrumental pieces of his own which anticipated the avant-garde. Such is the case of “La yumba” (which became a sort of anthem of his orchestra).

Pugliese became the most faithful example of the De Caro style, but with a strong rhythmic beat, very appealing to the dancers but without sacrificing quality. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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Pedro Maffia. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

Pedro Maffia. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.Pedro Maffia

Bandoneonist, leader, composer, teacher
(28 August 1899 – 16 October 1967)

It is not known what secret gift made Pedro Maffia find in the core of the bandoneon sounds that nobody had discovered before.

Until the second decade of the twentieth century bandoneon players had a tendency to imitate the flute —gradually displaced in the early quartets— and the barrell organ with their instrument. After undergoing in his chilhood the frequent beating with a chain made by his brutal father, who forced him to beg money after each tango he played, Maffia was who delivered the bandoneon needed by this popular genre so to leave behind the playful Guardia Vieja (old stream) and turn serious, concentrated, fairly dreaming and frequently sad. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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Recuerdo. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires

Recuerdo. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos AiresThe tango piece “Recuerdo”, a family secret

The tango piece “Recuerdo” was born at a time when the genre grew and evolved constantly, when the inspiration of the composers seemed infinite, so much so that today it would be difficult to choose a «hinge», a milestone, from which one concludes that there is a time before and a time after some or other piece.

However, we can say that “Alma de bohemio” (1914) by Roberto Firpo is an indubitable mark of an avant-garde creation because of the originality of its melodic structure and the complex density of its music that foretell us the appearance of a tango more polished, of a modern tango. The same happens with “Recuerdo” ten years later, with the difference that it bore lyrics almost since its inception and these words also influenced, finally, on the musical result of the piece. Let us remember that the lines by Juan Andrés Caruso for “Alma de bohemio” date back to 1929, that is to say, fifteen years after its creation. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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Evaristo Carriego, Argentine poet. Music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

Evaristo Carriego, Argentine poet. Music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.Evaristo Carriego

Argentine poet
(May 7, 1883 – October 13, 1912)

He was an important influence on the writing of tango lyrics, and in homage the famous instrumental tango “A Evaristo Carriego” was written by Eduardo Rovira, and recorded by Orquesta Osvaldo Pugliese in 1969.

He is buried at the Cementerio de la Chacarita in Buenos Aires.

Evaristo Carriego, a poet for the outskirts:

When his family moved to Buenos Aires, he lived on 84 (today 3784) Honduras Street, in the neighborhood of Palermo. From a very young age he frequented the literary coteries in Buenos Aires where Rubén Darío and Almafuerte were the important names.

He wrote for different publications of that time, like “La Protesta”, “Papel y Tinta”, “Caras y Caretas”, and others. In them he published his poems and short stories. He published his first book of poems, “Misas herejes”, in 1908 and his remaining poetical oeuvre was released after his death under the title “La canción del barrio”. Continue reading.

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