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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Carlos Parodi, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

“Milonga antigua” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1942.

“Milonga antigua” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1942.

Carlos Parodi, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

Carlos Parodi

Pianist and composer (31 December 1914 – 17 May 1993)

From a very young age, his vocation for playing the piano was evidenced and, so he did, with the instrument his elder sister, who discovered her brother’s liking, played and she was who became his first teacher.

Like all young players who were not born in Buenos Aires, he was attracted to the great city and so, with some friends, he arrived here in 1937. 

His first job was a deluxe one: Elvino Vardaro included him in his group for appearances at the Bar Germinal, on 942 Corrientes Street, when it still was a narrow street, and on Radio Belgrano, where the sextet played authentic tango concerts. 

Then he played with other great musicians: Lucio Demare, Pedro Laurenz, and Los Zorros Grises, among many.

He composed beautiful songs like “A suerte y verdad” and “Milonga antigua”.

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"Tu" Argentine Tango by Miguel Caló with Raúl Berón in vocals, vinyl disc.

“Tú” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1949.

“Tú” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1949.

José María Contursi

Poet and lyricist (31 October 1911 – 11 May 1972)

A lyricist essentially poetic, sensitive, and prolific, José María Contursi created a great number of hits.

His huge work reveals a creator of even inspiration, careful and experienced, exceptionally original, and truly daring.

He provided the abundant product of his inspiration to the demand of tango canción which took place for about two decades after the late 30s.

The critical role of the singers in the orchestras urged a repertory designed for them and adjusted to the tastes of the age.

Among José María Contursi’s outstanding lyrics, we must mention “Tú”, with music by José Dames.

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Miguel Caló, Argentine Tango musician, leader and composer.

“Tarareando” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1942.

“Tarareando” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1942.

Miguel Caló, Argentine Tango musician, leader and composer.

Miguel Caló

Bandoneonist, leader and composer (28 October 1907 – 24 May 1972)

The Miguel Caló orchestra will be remembered as the best tango performance, one that goes beyond its age and that today is recognized for its great artistic qualities and by a dancing group that permanently evokes it.

Caló carried out and developed a style that connects traditional tango with the innovations of the age, without stridence, with a highlighted presence of the violins, a rhythmic bandoneon section, and a spectacular piano.

He not only promoted great musicians but also great singers that made their professional debut in his orchestra, for example, Raúl Berón.

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Raul Beron, Argentine Tango singer.

“Lejos de Buenos Aires” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1942.

“Lejos de Buenos Aires” by Miguel Caló y su Orquesta Típica with Raúl Berón in vocals, 1942.

Raúl Berón singing.

Raúl Berón

Singer (30 March 1920 – 28 June 1982)

He was, for some people, the best orchestra singer in the history of tango.

Although other major vocalists rival him this position in the opinion of the connoisseurs.

In an undeniable Gardelian tradition, tenor register and velvet sound, his peak in popularity coincided exactly with the period of greatest popularity for tango: from his inclusion in the Miguel Caló orchestra in 1939 until his withdrawal from the Aníbal Troilo orchestra in 1955.

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