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.
Gramofono. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

“Corazón de papel” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica and Roberto Arrieta in vocals (1948)

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Lyricist (14 July 1903 – 14 August 1981)

By Orlando del Greco

He wrote  the lyrics of the tango “Corazón de papel”, with music by Cátulo Castillo, recorded by Carlos Gardel. On this matter he stated:

“The tango ‘Corazón de papel’ was something simply accidental. I was in the house of Don Jose Gonzalez Castillo, the great man and illustrious playwright, with whose children, Cátulo and Gema, I joined a cordial friendship. It was about 1929, one Saturday, Gardel appeared and  snapped us: “Why do not you write a tango and give it to me?”

“Cátulo and I looked at each other and agreed to do it right away. I sat down and wrote the lyrics (I am not unaware that it is very poor, but the music of Cátulo saves it). The next day we gave it to Gardel who immediately recorded it.” Continue reading.

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Anibal Troilo. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

“Toda mi vida” by Aníbal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica and Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

Anibal Troilo. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.Aníbal Troilo

Bandoneon player, leader and composer.
(11 July 1914 – 18 May 1975)

He was one of those few artists who made us wonder what mystery, what magic produced such a rapport with people.

As a bandoneon player, he was neither a stylist like Pedro Maffia, nor a virtuoso like Carlos Marcucci, nor a multiple creator like Pedro Laurenz, nor a phrasing player like Ciriaco Ortiz. But he had something of them all and he was, precisely, a master of personality and feeling in his expression. As an orchestra leader, he dug an undoubtedly tango style, balanced, without histrionisms and of undeniable taste. He knew how to choose the best players according to his musical ideas, he selected good singers, who beside him achieved their best, to such an extent that when they left the orchestra, only partially and for a short time could they reach a similar level. He also knew how to choose a repertory without having to accept the conditions suggested by the recording companies. Finally, he was an inspired composer, creator of pieces made to last forever, as also his renditions of somebody else’s works which became masterpieces of all times. Continue reading at www.todotango.com….

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Ernesto Ponzio. Argentine music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires.

“Don Juan” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica, 1936.

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Violinist and composer
(10 July 1885 – 21 October 1934)

A porteño, born in that neighborhood called Tierra del Fuego (located between the demolished Penitentiary and La Recoleta). His father, Antonio Ponzio, like a good Neapolitan, was a musician. Playing harp he died of an aneurysm. All of a sudden he fell down on the stage during a recital. His wife was Uruguayan and her name was Casilda Casafú de Ponzio.

Because of his father’s death, Ernesto had to interrupt his violin studies at the Williams conservatory. His household, in need of resources, anticipated the beginning of his performances. Inns and bars were his first venues. After his playing he, resolute and joyously, paraded with a small saucer in his hand to collect the money that would help his poor family’s income.

We found out that the well-known tango “Don Juan (El taita del barrio)” was, apparently, written in 1898.

We also know that its 2nd edition bears a lyric written by Ricardo J. Podestá. According to different authors it was premiered at the dancehall run by Concepción Amaya, Mamita, Lavalle 2177, around 1900. Continue reading at www.todotango.com…

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Enrique Cadícamo. Argentine Tango music at Escuela de Tango de Buenos Aires. Learn too dance.

“Ave de paso”, by Ángel D’Agostino y su Orquesta Típica with Ángel Vargas (1945)

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Excerpts from a conversation with Enrique Cadícamo: «I don’t agree at all with the so-called avant-garde of tango. Vanguard is what first falls in a line of fire. In a combat a vanguard is the part of an army which goes ahead of the main body. In tango there is something similar. The vanguard of tango is the first thing that falls before the indifference of all those who know what tango is.

«Tango has popular roots, like other rhythms in other parts of the world that have not changed nor have they been distorted nor have they been presented with a new packaging. Can one update cante jondo? It would be nonsense. Why? Because it comes from popular roots, Moorish, Spanish. I love all that means progress but in some things it doesn’t make sense. For machinery, for computers, for shows is all right. But not for this.

«Tango is a very humble, very simple thing. It was played by guys who had no formal musical training like Ángel Villoldo, Eduardo Arolas, Enrique Delfino. It was a feeling that was worth more than all the orthodox part contained in the written music. We have to keep tango the way it is. It is our thing, it is a landscape that remained as it was before. The tango has already come. It is impossible to speak of tango yet to come. Continue reading

“El viejo vals”, by Charlo and guitars.

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CharloCharlo

Real name: Pérez, Carlos José
Singer, musician, pianist, actor and composer.
(7 July 1906 – 30 October 1990)

After Carlos Gardel, Charlo is the most important singer in tango, although, unlike him he did not become a popular myth. He was the vocalist who recorded most, in a discographic career started in 1925 and ended in 1967. However, the main part of his recordings are concentrated in only four years, from 1928 to 1931. In most of those renditions he reaches a level comparable to Gardel’s. Like him, he was responsible for establishing an emotional style though austere and without exaggerations, of perfect intonation and attentive musicianship. As composer he displayed his great melodic talent, giving birth to important pieces in tango romanza style. Continue reading.

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