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"Catamarca", vinyl disc Argentine Tango music.

“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.

Read more about Ernesto Ponzio at www.todotango.com

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El Cachafaz & Carmencita Calderon, legends of Argentine Tango.

“El Cachafaz” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1953.

“El Cachafaz” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1953.

El Cachafaz & Carmencita Calderon, legends of Argentine Tango.

Ovidio José Benito Bianquet

Dancer (14 February 1885 – 7 February 1942)

His story is part of the Tango mythology, a legend, today very few who had witnessed his life or his art remain.

His image was captured on the film Tango, premiered in 1933, where he can be seen with his partner Carmencita Calderón, just a girl under 20 years old.

His nickname remained for our everyday history as his definitive first and last names: El Cachafaz.

Watch El Cachafaz & Carmencita Calderon dancing

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"Sentimiento criollo", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“Sentimiento criollo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

“Sentimiento criollo” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1941.

Roberto Firpo

Pianist, composer and leader. (10 May 1884 – 14 June 1969)

In 1913, while playing at Armenonville, Roberto Firpo premiered his tango “Sentimiento criollo”.

Firpo was at this time one of the most recognized and celebrated composer of Tango, and for that reason, the recording company Lepage Odeón, of Max Glücksmann, summoned him to make their first recordings.

In 1941, Carlos Di Sarli recorded this wonderful tango.

Read more about Roberto Firpo and the History of Tango

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We are happy to have a collaboration with the people from tangotunes.com from whom some of you may have heard, they do high-quality transfers from original tango shellacs.

It is the number 1 source for professional Tango DJs all over the world.

  • Now they started a new project that addresses the dancers and the website is https://en.mytango.online
    You will find two compilations at the beginning, one tango and one vals compilation in amazing quality.
    The price is 50€ each (for 32 songs each compilation) and now the good news!

If you enter the promo code 8343 when you register at this site you will get a 20% discount!

Thanks for supporting this project, you will find other useful information on the site, a great initiative.

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Rosendo Mendizabal, Argentine Tango musician and composer.

“Don José María” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1943.

“Don José María” by Carlos Di Sarli y su Orquesta Típica, 1943.

Rosendo Mendizabal was an authentic forerunner of Argentine Tango music

Rosendo Mendizábal

Pianist and composer (21 April 1868 – 30 June 1913)

He was an authentic forerunner of our popular music.

As time goes by, the value and quality of his work grow with indelible edges; the following are titles that speak for themselves: “El entrerriano” and “Don José María”.

Rosendo generally played as a soloist, and his income depended on the generosity of the attendants.

A violinist and a flutist joined him if the importance of the session made it necessary, the repertoire to be played was read on handwritten lead sheets because tangos at that period were not published.

His family was at a solid financial position, but when he was only three years old, he and his brother Sergio were orphaned by the death of their father.

During Rosendo’s adolescence his financial resources allowed him to study piano at home.

We very often read commentaries about his body features: a gallant brunet with certain arrogance in his features. 

The lavishness with which he spent his money finally emptied his pocket. Fortunately, his musical knowledge made possible for him to teach piano at well-to-do homes. In such a way he earned his living for a time.

Read more about Rosendo Mendizabal at www.todotango.com

Listen and buy:

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We are happy to have a collaboration with the people from tangotunes.com from whom some of you may have heard, they do high-quality transfers from original tango shellacs.

It is the number 1 source for professional Tango DJs all over the world.

  • Now they started a new project that addresses the dancers and the website is https://en.mytango.online
    You will find two compilations at the beginning, one tango and one vals compilation in amazing quality.
    The price is 50€ each (for 32 songs each compilation) and now the good news!

If you enter the promo code 8343 when you register at this site you will get a 20% discount!

Thanks for supporting this project, you will find other useful information on the site, a great initiative.

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