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Talk A Tango – The Bandoneon – Part II,

Several bandoneón players had gained popularity at the beginning of the XX Century. An incomplete list of these pioneering bandoneonists should include Juan Maglio (“Pacho”), Augusto Berto, Vicente Loduca, José Severino, Genaro Espósito, Arturo Berstein, and Vicente Greco. However, with the exception of Berstein, who had received formal music instruction, most bandoneonists of the 1900’s played intuitively, “by the ear”.… (more…)

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Talk A Tango – Fifth Tanda, Roberto Firpo, the first innovator “The happiest day of my life cost me 200 pesos” Roberto Firpo would say evoking the day in which he purchased his first piano. This sentence defines Firpo’s spirit. The piano was his passion and he worked hard to fulfill it. (Continue Reading…)

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THIRD TANDA : The Old Guard and the birth of the Orchestra Típica By the time that Argentina celebrated the 100th anniversary of the May 1810 Revolution, a new generation of tango musicians had emerged. Unlike their immediate predecessors who gained notoriety thanks to their individual performing skills, the new artists grouped in trios and quartets of violin, guitar, and flute.… (more…)

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Second tanda: The FIRST musicians. The broad public acceptance of “El Entrerriano” and “Don Juan” (see the previous Talk A Tango column) rapidly triggered a new wave of tango compositions. At the dawn of the Twentieth Century, a vast number of new tangos were popularized thanks to the inspiration, intuition, and perseverance of a handful of musicians that spread the… (more…)

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By Eduardo Lazarowski When did tango music evolved as a distinct genre? What’s the name of the first tango? Which are the most relevant musicians, orchestras, dancers, and singers in tango history?  These and many more questions that you may want to ask will be addressed in this section. We invite you to travel with us to the captivating years… (more…)