José María Contursi. Argentine Tango music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires from Marcelo Solis collection.

“Gricel” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1942.

Listen to “Gricel” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino (1942):

José María Contursi. Argentine Tango music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires from Marcelo Solis collection.José María Contursi

A lyricist essentially poetic, sensitive and prolific, José María Contursi created a great number of hits. His huge work reveals a creator of even inspiration, careful and experienced though somewhat reiterative in his themes and only exceptionally original and truly daring. This prevents him from being among the supreme authors although some of his lyrics deserve to be within the most consummated of the genre. In fact, he aided, as few did, with his refined language to raise the average quality of the tango canción ( tango with lyrics to be sung ). He conceived numerous celebrated pieces in collaboration with various of the best composers, who saw in him a crafted lyricist, whose verses always produced the appropriate mood. His first known work, the waltz “Tu nombre”, dates from 1933, almost 20 years after his father Pascual Contursi, gave birth to the tango canción on some little Montevideo nights. 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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