The Tango Conversation

2019-09-12 - Tango Connection (courtesy - Iris Toren)

Tango is a social dance, and the quintessential social activity is a conversation. Tanguero Peter Newell introduces his  ‘5Cs’ that go together to make up the tango conversation.   That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:

Image: by courtesy of Iris Toren.

This interview can be played here:


  • La Cumparsita, meaning ‘The Little March’; recorded by Bianco-Bachicha on 28 January 1928; a tango with music composed by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez in 1924, lyrics by Pascual Contursi, Enrique Maroni, and Gerado Matos Rodríguez.
  • Poema, meaning ‘Poem’; recorded by Francisco Canaro on 11 June 1935; a tango with music composed by Mario Melfi in 1935, lyrics by Eduardo Bianco, and sung by Roberto Maida.
  • El Pañuelito, meaning ‘The Little Handkerchief’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 26 August 1963; a tango with music composed by Juan de Dos Filiberto, first recorded in 1920, lyrics by Gabino Coria Peñaloza, and sung by Héctor Millán and Jorge Valdez.
  • Coqueta, meaning ‘Coquette’; recorded by Orquesta Típica Victor on 19 June 1929; a tango with music composed by Osman Pérez Freire.
  • Canto De Amor, meaning ‘Love Song’; recorded by Osvaldo Fresedo on 18 June 1934; a tango with music composed by Osvaldo Fresedo, lyrics by Emilio Augusto Oscar Fresedo, and sung by Roberto Ray.
  • Felicia, from the collection ‘La Cumparsita’ recorded by Orquesta Juan D’Arienzo in 1984; a tango with music composed by Enrique Saborido, first recorded in 1927 and lyrics by Carlos Maurcio Pacheco. Orquesta Juan D’Arienzo was the name of this re-grouping of Juan D’Arienzo’s musicians after he retired; they also worked under the name Los Solistas De Juan D’Arienzo. The lyrics are a cry of loss from a Uruguayan expatriate who believes he will never see or smell the flowers and beaches of his homeland again, but there are no records of them ever being recorded.

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