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Aníbal Troilo, as a boy. Argentine Tango musician, leader and composer.

“Total pa’qué sirvo” by Aníbal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

“Total pa’qué sirvo” by Aníbal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

Aníbal Troilo, as a boy. Argentine Tango musician, leader and composer.

Aníbal Troilo

Bandoneon player, leader and composer. (11 July 1914 – 19 May 1975)

He was spellbound by the bandoneon when he heard its sound at cafés in his neighborhood.

He was ten when he persuaded his mother into buying one for him.

His first encounter with an audience was when he was eleven, on a stage near El Abasto, a noisy market of fruit and vegetables, today transformed into a shopping-center.

In 1941 he started recording with his emblematic singer, Francisco Fiorentino.

As composer, Troilo contributed an extensive number of major works. Among them: “Total pa’qué sirvo”.

Read more about Aníbal Troilo at www.todotango.com

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"Malena", Argentine Tango music sheet cover.

“Malena” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1942 (English translation).

“Malena” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1942 (English translation).

Music: Lucio Demare. Lyrics: Homero Manzi.

Malena sings the tango like no other
and she puts her heart in every verse.

Her voice perfumes like suburban weeds,
Malena feels the pain of the bandoneón.
Perhaps in her distant youth her lark’s voice
took on that dark back-alley tone,
or perhaps it was that romance that she speaks of
only when she saddens herself with alcohol.
Malena sings the tango with a shadowy voice,
Malena feels the pain of bandoneón.

Your song
has the chill of a last meeting…
your song
becomes bitter in the salt of memories…
I don’t know
if your voice is the bloom of a wound,
I just know
that the sound of your tangos, Malena,
makes me feel that you are better,
better than me.

Your eyes are dark as forgetfulness,
your lips are pressed together like rage,
your hand are two doves that feel a chill,
your veins pump the blood of the bandoneón.
Your tangos are abandoned creatures
that pass through the back-alley mud.
When all the doors are closed
and the ghosts of song weep,
Malena sings the tango with a broken voice,
Malena feels the pain of the bandoneón.

Note: this translation was found by Suzanne Metcalfe in https://lyricstranslate.com. Thank you Suzanne for sharing it.

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Anibal Troilo & Francisco Fiorentino, Argentine Tango music.

“Maragata” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

“Maragata” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

Anibal Troilo & Francisco Fiorentino, Argentine Tango music.

Francisco Martino

Guitarist, singer, composer and dancer (6 June 1884 – 25 May 1938)

There was no criollo gathering or gaucho ensemble in Buenos Aires and its outskirts that did not count him as one of its great entertainers since 1900, since as a child he began in the art of footwork and very soon afterwards, the secrets of the guitar to accompany himself singing first and then serve their inspiration, in styles, figures and milongas.

Already in the time of his first adventures, Carlos Gardel recorded the style “El Sueño”, his original work, in 1912, on Columbia records and over time he did the same with “Maragata”.

Martino died in 1938, but three years after his death, Aníbal Troilo, who deeply admired Carlos Gardel and wanted his orchestra to sound like the voice of the Morocho, adapted this tune in time of tango and made a wonderful creation with the priceless intonation by Francisco Fiorentino.

Read more about Francisco Martino at www.todotango.com

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    You will find two compilations at the beginning, one tango and one vals compilation in amazing quality.
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Domingo Federico playing bandoneon.

“A bailar” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1943.

“A bailar” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1943.

Domingo Federico playing bandoneon.

Domingo Federico

Bandoneonist, leader, composer and teacher (4 June 1916 – 6 April 2000)

His work as skilful composer did not stop.

So true gems of the genre were springing up of his notable inspiration: “Yuyo verde”, “A bailar”, “Tristezas de la calle Corrientes”, “Percal”, among other quite beautiful tangos.

Domingo Federico was a great among tango artists and his work is of such a quality that many of his compositions turned out genuine classics of the genre.

Read more about Domingo Federico at www.todotango.com

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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!

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Amadeo Mandarino, Argentine Tango singer.

“Pájaro ciego” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Amadeo Mandarino and Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

“Pájaro ciego” by Anibal Troilo y su Orquesta Típica with Amadeo Mandarino and Francisco Fiorentino in vocals, 1941.

Amadeo Mandarino, Argentine Tango singer.

Amadeo Mandarino

Singer (22 May 1913 – 12 June 1996)

He was an interpreter with a gentle voice, a baritone register, with a very good intonation and a phrasing quiet typical of the city of Buenos Aires, to which we must add his affable personality and his great sense of friendship.

In the early 1940 he was summoned by his friend Aníbal Troilo to be vocalist in his orchestra along with Francisco Fiorentino.

His tenure lasted nearly two years, and he split on December 31, 1941.

In a duo with Fiorentino he committed to record only one number: Antonio Bonavena’s and Lito Bayardo’s tango “Pájaro ciego”, recorded on May 28, 1941.

Apparently, a requisite of the Victor company was the reason that he had not recorded more numbers, because they preferred Fiorentino for his cashbox hits.

The singer’s withdrawal did not influence his friendship with Pichuco and with Fiore at all.

Read more about Amadeo Mandarino at www.todotango.com

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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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