"El adiós" by Edgardo Donato y su Orquesta Típica with Horacio Lagos in vocals, 1938.

Maruja Pacheco Huergo, author and composer of Argentine Tango.

Maruja Pacheco Huergo

Pianist, composer, singer, actress and lyricist (3 April 1916 - 2 September 1983)

She had manifold qualities, she was a pianist, composer, lyricist, singer, writer of scripts for radio and television, music teacher and singing instructor, poetess, actress and reciter. In sum, there is no doubt that she knew how to earn her money working in what she liked.

She studied at the conservatory where she graduated as pianist. She recorded over 600 songs of different rhythms, among them, some tangos. 

But among all the pieces of her oeuvre, the tango “El adiós” was the one which made her well-known, this creation overshadowed all the others.

In an interview with Maruja, she says how that memorable melody was born: «It happened in the wee small hours of the morning in a spring, around two a.m., I was in the living room of my house with my mother who was then knitting. I was improvising on the keyboard of my piano and, all of a sudden, she told me: “I like it, polish that idea”. And I did it.»

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