Listen to “El Entrerriano” of Rosendo Mendizábal, by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, recorded in 1946:

The story of “El entrerriano” and its main recordings

By Roberto Selles
Argentine-Tango-Classes-San-Francisco-Bay-Area-el-entrerrianoIn 1897 Anselmo Rosendo Mendizábal —that signed his tangos as “A. Rosendo”— used to play in the evenings at the “little house” run by María Rangolla, “La Vasca”. Those were hard days; the biggest portion of the money the musicians got were generous tips, but for that they had to dedicate some composition to an occasional donor. That, precisely, was the case of the tango that Mendizábal played for the first time on the piano of “La Vasca” on October 25 that year.

The canyengue liveliness of the melody amazed the audience from the first bar. The dancer José Guidobono —who was present— was unable to dance as he used to do because he was paralyzed by the spell of those music notes. When the number was finished he approached the composer and suggested him: «Why don’t you dedicate it to Segovia?»

He was referring to Ricardo Segovia, a landowner from Entre Ríos, who was making whoopee in the Buenos Aires nights. Mendizábal told him he would honor him by naming “El entrerriano” his new tango. Read more, click here.

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