Author: 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.
Osmar Maderna, Argentine Tango musician, leader and composer.

“En tus ojos de cielo” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1944.

“En tus ojos de cielo” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1944.

Osmar Maderna, Argentine Tango musician, leader and composer.

Osmar Maderna

Pianist, leader, composer and arranger (26 February 1918 – 28 April 1951)

A pianist strongly inclined to romanticism, viewed as the Chopin of the Tango.

His subtle, almost ethereal and suggestive touch, deprived of any emphasis or pomposity, led him to create an orchestral style based on the same pattern.

Plain and transparent, his arrangements conceived fancy solos alternating piano, bandoneon and violin.

That style of his, born toward 1940, influenced the entire decade and contrasted with both the popular tango (with Juan D’Arienzo as remarkable example) and the academic tango (Anibal Troilo).

His tangos lack any tough or coarse traces but also any symphonic pretension.

He preferred to convey a simple emotion and accurate expression, which he achieved through a permanent self-control.

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José Razzano, Argentine Tango musician and composer, with Gardel in 1926.

“Medallita de la suerte” by Alfredo De Angelis y su Orquesta Típica with Oscar Larroca in vocals, 1952.

“Medallita de la suerte” by Alfredo De Angelis y su Orquesta Típica with Oscar Larroca in vocals, 1952.

José Razzano, Argentine Tango musician and composer, with Gardel in 1926.

José Razzano

Guitar player, singer and composer (25 February 1887 – 30 April 1960)

His fame as good singer gave origin to his first contract to record discs for the Victor company between 1911 and 1912. They are ten folk numbers.

A couple of years later, he recorded his voice for ERA discs.

Later came the stage of his artistic association with Carlos Gardel, from which would result the famous Gardel-Razzano duo. 

José Razzano had a splendid tenor voice, of perfect intonation, that blended perfectly with Gardel’s range. 

Gardel-Razzano’s success and popularity had no limits.

They worked intensively. They traveled to Uruguay, Brazil, Chile and Spain until, reaching 1925, Razzano, with his vocal cords seriously damaged, gave up singing.

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“Notas de bandoneón” by Ángel D’Agostino y su Orquesta Típica with Ángel Vargas in vocals, 1942.

“Notas de bandoneón” by Ángel D’Agostino y su Orquesta Típica with Ángel Vargas in vocals, 1942.

Orestes Cúfaro

Pianist and composer (22 February 1906 – 29 December 1972)

He studied with his father, who was a band director in Rosario, and as a child he still made his debut playing in the orchestras in the cinemas of that city in the years 1917-18.

He played in all Rosario cinemas and theaters, such as cafes and recreations, and also with the company of the Olimpo Theater in 1925.

In 1928 he took him to Buenos Aires entering the Radio Prieto campus where he supported the work of all the interpreters in the house.

In 1930 he went on to work alongside Azucena Maizani with whom he was until 1935.

Later he was the accompanist of Tita Merello and Ernesto Famá, making varieté for many years.

After being Juan Canaro‘s pianist, he had his own orchestra for the carnivals of 1935 at the Boca Juniors Club, the year he directed that of the La Comedia de Rosario Theater company.

He continued doing varieté, radios, theaters, etc. until 1966, the year he retired.

He has a total of seventy registered works.

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Argentine Tango class on change of direction and pause, a different “salida”, “calecita”, and “planeo” variation.

Argentine Tango class on change of direction and pause, a different “salida”, “calecita”, and “planeo” variation.

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