"Milonguero viejo", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“Milonguero viejo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1944.

“Milonguero viejo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1944.

Carlos Di Sarli

Pianist, leader and composer (7 January 1903 – 12 January 1960)

In his orchestral scheme there were not instrumental solos, the bandoneon section sang at times the melody, but it had an essentially rhythmic and danceable role.

He was a talented pianist, maybe one of the most important, who conducted his orchestra from his instrument, with which he mastered the synchrony and the performance of the outfit.

Only the violin was showcased in an extremely delicate way, on a brief solo or on a counter melody.

“Milonguero viejo (Fresedo)”, the tango he dedicated to Fresedo, his referent and admired friend, is curiously the paradoxical lapsus that portrays his own musical model.

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"Ensueños", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“Ensueños” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1943.

“Ensueños” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1943.

'Ensueños', Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

Luis Brighenti

Pianist, composer and leader (3 December 1906 – 17 March 1984)

He was born in Buenos Aires, in the neighborhood of Villa Crespo. His father, Héctor, was a musician.

After he finished his elementary school studies he got a job at the Droguería Americana in which he stayed for four years. With his wage, he was paying for his piano lessons.

When he managed to play some pieces, he quit his job and dared to start his career as a musician. He began as many others playing in the cinema theaters of the neighborhood.

In 1927 he was a pianist in the Ricardo Brignolo Orchestra, later switching to several ones.

As a composer, the masterpiece of Luis Brighenti is “Ensueños”, a tango with a beautiful melody.

Even though it has lyrics by Enrique Cadícamo it preferably has been played as an instrumental.

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“El Pollo Ricardo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1946.

“El Pollo Ricardo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1946.

A story of two friends

In September 1940 the Carlos Di Sarli Orchestra recorded, for the first time (he will record it again two more times), this tango to great public acclaim.

The orchestra leader liked this piece so much that he cut it on three occasions: in September 1940, in March 1946, and in July 1951.

Who was this Pollo?

The true Pollo was an Uruguayan, born on September 29, 1890, who when he was a kid he already mingled with adults at the bohemian café reunions, like those at La Giralda.

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“Catamarca” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1940.

“Catamarca” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1940.

Eduardo Arolas

Bandoneonist, composer and leader (24 February 1892 – 29 September 1924)

In 1918 Eduardo Arolas‘ orchestra was formed with him on first bandoneon and conductor, Manuel Pizzarro on second bandoneon, Rafael Tuegols on first violin, Horacio Gomila on second violin, Roberto Goyeneche on piano and Luis Bernstein on double bass.

This was the peak of his career, playing in both Buenos Aires and Montevideo.

Soon, Julio De Caro joined his orchestra.

1918 brought this eminently rhythmic composition: “Catamarca”, initially called “Estocada a fondo”, of which Carlos Di Sarli left us a magnificent rendition in 1940.

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Don Juan, Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“Don Juan” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

“Don Juan” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

Don Juan, Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

Ernesto Ponzio

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

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.

It was enthusiastically aired either at the J. Hansen’s restaurant (Sarmiento Ave.) or at the Casares kiosk.

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