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.
Dante A. Linyera, Argentine Tango poet.

“Boedo” by Osvaldo Pugliese y su Orquesta Típica, 1948.

“Boedo” by Osvaldo Pugliese y su Orquesta Típica, 1948.

Dante A. Linyera, Argentine Tango poet.

Dante A. Linyera

Lyricist, poet and composer (10 August 1903 – 15 July 1938)

Short was the life of this stubborn bohemian whose biggest sin was living in a hurry and carelessly.

On one occasion he thought over repentance but he continued with no change on his way.

«Damn it! When I recall I was just fourteen when I started with this easy life I feel like killing myself like fools do, but later I smoke a cigarette while saying: That’s it. What can I do?»

He was in a superior level, the master of lunfardo poem.

Unbeatable. An exceptional guy. He was born for this, he came to accomplish his assigned mission.

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Lucio Demare y su Orquesta Típica. Argentine Tango music.

“Tal vez será su voz” by Lucio Demare y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón, 1943.

“Tal vez será su voz” by Lucio Demare y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1943.

Lucio Demare y su Orquesta Típica. Argentine Tango music.

Lucio Demare

Pianist, composer, arranger and leader (9 August 1906 – 6 March 1974)

An innate faculty for musical invention and a delicate creative temper identified, from the very beginning, the characteristics of his oeuvre.

A player of unmistakable sound and phrasing, he has been an authentic speaker with his piano. 

Either his instrumental and vocal charts have the trademark of his fine personality as artist or the groups he led in renderings so satisfying as “Tal vez será su voz”. 

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“Tres horas” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica with Héctor Mauré in vocals, 1943.

“Tres horas” by Juan D’Arienzo y su Orquesta Típica with Héctor Mauré in vocals, 1943.

Alberto Nery, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

Alberto Nery

Pianist, composer and lyricist (8 August 1916 – 27 September 1993)

He was considered one of the most capable typical pianists in the country and a great composer.

He has been arranger of the orchestras led by Héctor Varela, Juan D’Arienzo and Juan Canaro.

He formed his own typical orchestra and was the author of several songs, among them “Tres horas”.

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“María” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Alberto Marino in vocals, 1945 (English translation).

“María” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Alberto Marino in vocals, 1945 (English translation).

Anibal Troilo and Cátulo Castillo. Argentine Tango music and poetry.

Music: Aníbal Troilo. Lyrics: Cátulo Castillo.

Maybe your name is just Maria..!

I don’t know if you were the echo of an old song,
but long, long ago, you were deeply mine
over a sad landscape, passed out with love…

Autumn brought you, drenched in agony,
your poor hat and the brown overcoat…
You were like the street of melancholy,
that was raining… raining on my heart ..!

Maria..!
In the shadows of my room
it is your step that returns…

Maria..!
And it’s your voice, small and sad,
that of the day you said:
“There is nothing between the two of us anymore…”

Maria..!
The most mine ..! The Distant ..!
If she cames back another morning
through the streets of farewell..!

Your eyes were ports that kept away,
its horizon of dreams and a flower silence…
But your good hands, they returned present,
to cure my fever, faded with love…

An Autumn you left..! Your name was Maria
and I never knew anything about your unhappy course…
If you were like the landscape of Melancholy,
that it was raining… it was raining, on the gray street…

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Cátulo Castillo, Argentine Tango poet, lyricist and composer.

“Café de Los Angelitos” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Alberto Marino in vocals, 1944.

“Café de Los Angelitos” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Alberto Marino in vocals, 1944.

Cátulo Castillo, Argentine Tango poet, lyricist and composer.

Cátulo Castillo

Poet, lyricist, composer and leader (6 August 1906 – 19 October 1975)

With his lyrics, he dug the subjects that always haunted tango: the painful nostalgia for what is lost, love sufferings and the decline of life.

Instead he neither had space for humor nor for the unworried stroke, and nor even for the rhythmic emphasis of milonga.

The word último (last) appears in several titles of his works, as testimony of that parade of farewells that runs through his lyrics, where there is always pity for those who suffer and a frequent resort to alcohol as an escape.

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