El estagiario. Martín Lasala Álvarez. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

“El estagiario” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

El estagiario. Martín Lasala Álvarez. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.The title of this tango always arouses curiosity, added to the beauty of listening to it as the great creation that Carlos Di Sarli made of it, recording it on April 18, 1941.

This composition belongs to Martín Lasala Álvarez, a Uruguayan doctor, who was a functionary of the Uruguayan state for most of his life, working for the Foreign Service of Uruguay in Paris.

Composed it in 1917, Celestino Ferrer recorded it the following year. Roberto Firpo, in one of his performances in Montevideo, got to know this tango and took him to Buenos Aires, also recording it.

The word “estagiario” does not exist neither in the lunfardo nor in the popular jargon of the oriental people (the people of República Oriental del Uruguay). It is an adaptation of Lasala himself – from the French “stagiare”, the practitioner or advanced medical student who collaborates in the practices of the Hospital.

Martín Lasala, who completed studies in Paris, was also a piano performer, and to mitigate nostalgia or to animate meetings, as a good rioplatense, he gave free rein to his passion, playing and composing tangos.

Carlos Di Sarli was the one who captured and recorded the richness of this tango, very close in style to other songs that enriched his repertoire, in a time when tango demanded scores of this type due to the demand of recording companies, dancers and followers of tango music. Continue reading.

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Marcelo Solis

I was born in Argentina. Through my family and the community that saw my upbringing, I have been intimately involved with the culture of Tango all my life, and have been an Argentine Tango dance performer, choreographer and instructor for over 30 years. I profoundly love Tango dancing, music, and culture, particularly that of the Golden Era. I am a milonguero.

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