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Arolas with Roccatagliata and Firpo 1914. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

“Elegante papirusa” by Edgardo Donato y su Orquesta Típica, 1935.

Arolas with Roccatagliata and Firpo 1914. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.Tito Roccatagliata

Violinist and composer
(30 January 1891 – 7 October 1925)

Eighty years ago tango entered its definitive stage. Julio De Caro had already begun to record and his style drew the attention of his fellow musicians, he woke controversies and, since then, two trends coexisted among tango orchestras: the traditional and evocative stream, the avant-garde and innovative stream.By that time Tito had led a downhill life for over five years, ruined by alcohol and cocaine, until his death in 1925. He was neither a prop of tango, nor he left a big oeuvre.

His most important composition is, no doubt, “Elegante papirusa”.

But the chronicles of his time show him as a virtuoso violinist. Today we find it difficult to assert it, due to the antiquity of his recordings that would require an expert to value those capabilities.

Is it too little to keep him into account? No, because he is part of the history of Tango itself, because he was alongside the great figures that created the genre. Let us mention two of them as an example, Roberto Firpo and Eduardo Arolas. Furthermore he was member of the mythical Orquesta Típica Select that recorded in Camden (New Jersey), place of origin of the Victor company. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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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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