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Maruja Pacheco Huergo, author and composer of Argentine Tango.

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

“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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Argentine Tango class: chair exercise

Hugo Baralis, a remarkable musician of Argentine Tango Golden Era.

“Comme il faut” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica, 1938.

“Comme il faut” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica, 1938.

Hugo Baralis, a remarkable musician of Argentine Tango Golden Era.

Hugo Baralis

Violinist, leader and arranger (2 April 1914 – 4 February 2002)

This remarkable musician was owner of a sound with deep Tango roots and a singular phrasing.

In 1938, his friend Anibal Troilo, who had put together his own orchestra, summoned him to join it. 

This association not only identified him with the same musical sensitivity, but also with the codes of life and the bohemian spirit so special of that generation.

This tenure lasted until August 1943.

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Alberto Vaccarezza, Argentine Tango author and lyricists.

“La copa del olvido” by Ricardo Tanturi y su Orquesta Típica with Alberto Castillo in vocals, 1942.

“La copa del olvido” by Ricardo Tanturi y su Orquesta Típica with Alberto Castillo in vocals, 1942.

Alberto Vaccarezza, Argentine Tango author and lyricists.

Alberto Vaccarezza

Lyricist and theatral writer (1 April 1886 – 6 August 1959)

He arrived to song writing by means of theater, for which he found the suitable formula.

Until radio appeared and even some years later, theater was the instrument to spread popular songs. 

Either drama or comedy, always the plays included among their characters a singer or a young female singer. Most times they hired well-known names to attract the interest of audiences.

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Orlando Medina, Argentine Tango singer.

“Remembranza” by Ricardo Malerba y su Orquesta Típica with Orlando Medina in vocals, 1943.

“Remembranza” by Ricardo Malerba y su Orquesta Típica with Orlando Medina in vocals, 1943.

Orlando Medina, Argentine Tango singer.

Orlando Medina

Singer (30 March 1918 – 11 August 2004)

Interview to an orchestra singer:

I started off at the school parties and as my father was a restless guy he formed a trio which he named Los Americanitos. None of us was above twelve years old. For a rather long time we gigged in intermission shows at cinemas and theaters.”

“At the Medrano cinema theater I was accompanied by one kid that played the bandoneon, he was Aníbal Troilo. Years later, when he was already well known, I dared not to ask him if he remembered those stints.” 

“With my repertoire I had several satisfactions. With “Remembranza”, at some clubs I had to give three encores and was carried victoriously on people’s shoulders.”

“I was the first one to sing and record that tango song backed by an orchestra.”

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