"Porteño y bailarín", Argentine Tango vinyl disc cover.

“Porteño y bailarín” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1945 (English translation).

“Porteño y bailarín” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1945 (English translation).

Music: Carlos Di Sarli. Lyrics: Héctor Marcó.

Porteño and dancer, you made me Tango, as I am:
Romantic and sweet …

Your violin inspires me, the soul of your compass drags me,
the bandoneon lulls me …
A melancholic little house, sighing love,
I gave her my love at your doors,
and in your criolla little window leaning to the sun,
broke my strings yesterday.
All my drama is in your voice
hands in goodbye,
lips in lipstick …
For her and for her love you made me Tango, as I am:
Porteño and dancer!

What does the dream matter
that steal from my pupils,
the lying hours
to dance without calm.
What does fear matter
to give my life!
If I found the kiss
that my soul asks me.
Today I know they were
tangos, love and drinks,
crazy swallows,
in my heart.

Porteño and dancer, Tango resounds … that in your voice
today I live in a soap opera.
Her breath returns to me like that night I hugged,
her tender heart …
A melancholic little house of glass and blue,
if to ask, she comes back once,
in your criolla little window transformed into a cross,
tell her how much I cried for her.
A guitar, a bordonear,
dreams and sing …
Everything was taken away!
Porteño and dancer, you made me Tango, as I am,
romantic and sweet …

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Carlos Bahr, Argentine Tango lyricist.

“Gracias” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1946.

“Gracias” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1946.

Carlos Bahr, Argentine Tango lyricist.

Carlos Bahr

Lyricist and composer (15 October 1902 – 23 July 1984)

The prolific contribution made by Carlos Bahr to tango literature through lyrics of so valuable and varied contents, makes his name be necessarily mentioned when the diffusion of this genre is concerned.

So many works of impeccable elaboration, devised with clear ideas and literary neatness —in most of which he achieved the exact blend between art and craftsmanship—, permanently update his name because all that production was included in the repertoires of all the orchestral groups which were able to record.

Furthermore, almost all the numbers we have chosen in the selection enclosed in this work were recorded by various groups simultaneously, to which were added many interpretations by soloists.

Read more about Carlos Bahr at www.todotango.com

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"Con alma y vida", Argentine Tango music vinyl disc.

“Con alma y vida” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1945 (English translation).

“Con alma y vida” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1945 (English translation).

'Con alma y vida', Argentine Tango music vinyl disc.

Music: Carlos Di Sarli. Lyrics: Héctor Marcó.

Dressed by night and moon
gentlemen … here I present her;
make way for this beauty
that is a pure milonga
more criolla than a bitter mate.

Dreaming between her songs
I’m going to form my flag
with my mother’s gray hair
and the blue of dark circles
where today I lose my heart!

How sweet it is to love her,
feel her and kiss her!
And hear the dear voice
from a mouth that asks us
a kiss without betrayal,
and the heart,
with soul and life.

How beautiful is my Criolla,
what an enchanter is love!

Laughing like the dawn,
Gentlemen, cross my lady!
Do not snub her figure
that when she wiggled her waist
my guitar laughs and cries.

Milonga by Martín Fierro,
the blazon of my suburbs;
the more I sing you and the more I love you
because when tapping your streets
I live in her arms.

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Juan Larenza, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

“Para qué te quiero tanto” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1946.

“Para qué te quiero tanto” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1946.

Juan Larenza, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

Juan Larenza

Pianist and composer (8 July 1911 – 17 February 1980)

Inspired and prolific composer, he was born in Buenos Aires City.

On his fourteenth birthday his parents surprised him with the gift of a piano.

Even though a cousin of his volunteered to teach him his early exercises he was an intuitive musician and had no need of teachings.

He was self-taught and also in composing.

Among his many compositions we can mention “Para qué te quiero tanto”, with lyrics written by Cátulo Castillo.

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Lito Bayardo, with his guitar.

“Duelo criollo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1946.

“Duelo criollo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica with Jorge Durán in vocals, 1946.

Lito Bayardo, with his guitar.

Lito Bayardo

Guitarist, singer, composer and lyricist (3 March 1905 – 7 March 1986)

This Rosario artist met music while a teenager, when the estribillistas (refrain singers) were to appear in the orchestras and the De Caro brothers had not yet made their innovating appearance that would cause another turning point, the definitive one, in the musical history of Tango.

When over half century later he was asked about present tango, he said: «A new modernist theory that is based on a cerebral, but twisted tango has arisen. The work of the consecrated artists of the first stage has been underestimated to open the way to a music of hardened technique which is not popular. Among the musicians that interpret it there are great names, but they have spoiled the rhythm of true tango».

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