“Série rare”, by Jean-Sylvain Negre

In this channel – from Patagonia – travel back to 1910-1920.

By the low number of hits, evidently hardly anyone knows in Argentina, or around the world for this matter , that this jewel exists!

One of the videos in this series takes an upward look and brief tour at a vast number of boxes containing these pianola rolls.

These pianola rolls get old brittle and break.   These YouTube videos are therefore Very Rare.

The pianola mimics the pedal work of the original performer, so it captures more than a simple reproduction of the notes.   Hopefully this gives us a window into the popularity of tango and of the approach to these compositions in “real” time!

If people that could afford a player piano in Patagonia, could afford to buy Tango pianola rolls, clearly in 1910, 1920, Tango was NOT simply the music of the brothel !!!!

This video of an expensive pianola, that lived its life in the parlor of a rural family, clearly shows that this myth is pernicious and reflects a bias against Latin American culture.  Any music was played in any brothel in the world in the early 1900s including  Jazz and classical music .

Maybe someday someone in the English speaking world will notice how many of the songs are about social commentary.   Not usually the topic in houses of ill repute!

Jean-Sylvain Negre


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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