Bringing a different perspective to the music of tango, The Tango Decades is an 8-part series focusing on a horizontal slice of what was hot, decade by decade, as tango blossomed over 40 years. This week starts with the earliest music generally played for dancing today, music from 1925-1929.…… That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:
Image Credit: Hood Collection Part II, Call No: PXE 789 (v.57), IE No. IE1007570, File No. FL1008153, File Title: 46. Twenties tango, State Library of New South Wales. A couple dance tango in a style heavily influenced by the early form of tango known as canyengue; this is almost certainly a publicity shot for a theatre production in Sydney in the 1920s.
Tango Capital returns to play the fourth Sunday of the month broadcasting a milonguita playlist for dancers . That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:
This edition introduces Canberran tango teacher Erika Mordek and her views on DJing tango music in both teaching and milonga contexts. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:
Image Credit: Peter Dall; Erika Mordek teaching at the National Folk Festival 2016
- Ella Es Así, meaning ‘She Is Like That’; recorded by Edgardo Donato on 10 October 1938; a milonga with music composed by Luis Martino, lyrics by Manuel Carretero, and sung by Horacio Lagos.
- Soñar Y Nada Más, meaning ‘To Dream And Nothing More’; recorded by Francisco Canaro on 5 May 1943; a vals with music composed by Francisco Canaro, lyrics by Ivo Pelay, and sung by Carlos Roldán and Eduardo Adrián.
- Cacareando, meaning ‘Bragging’; recorded by Orquesta Típica Victor on 14 July 1933; a milonga with music composed by Antonio Sureda, lyrics by Gerónimo Sureda, and sung by Carlos Lafuente.
- Yo Tengo Una Novia, meaning ‘I Have A Girlfriend’; recorded by Ángel D’Agostino on 17 November 1942; a vals with music composed by Rosendo Pesoa and Diego Centeno, lyrics by Héctor Marcó, and sung by Ángel Vargas.
- Amor Y Celos, meaning ‘Love And Jealousy’, and also known as ‘Amor Y Celo’; recorded by Juan D’Arienzo on 3 September 1936; a vals with music composed by Miguel Padula, first recorded in 1928 and lyrics by Alfredo Faustino Roldán.
- Esquinas Porteñas, meaning ‘Street Corners Of Buenos Aires’; recorded by Ángel D’Agostino on 22 May 1942; a vals with music composed by Sebastián Piana, first recorded in 1932, lyrics by Homero Manzi, and sung by Ángel Vargas.
- Milonga Criolla, meaning ‘Milonga Of Argentina’; recorded by Francisco Canaro on 6 October 1936; a milonga with music composed by Alberto Soifer, lyrics by Manuel Romero, and sung by Roberto Maida.
- Milonga De Mis Amores, meaning ‘Milonga Of My Loves’; recorded by Francisco Canaro on 26 May 1937; a milonga with music composed by Pedro Laurenz in 1937 and lyrics by José María Contursi.
- Silueta Porteña, meaning ‘Shadow Of A Woman Of Buenos Aires’; recorded by Francisco Canaro on 17 July 1936; a milonga with music composed by Nicolas Luis Cuccaro and Juan Ventura Cuccaro in 1936, lyrics by Orlando D’Aniello and Ernesto Noli, and sung by Roberto Maida.
- El Llorón, meaning ‘The One Who Weeps’; recorded by Hugo Díaz in 1972; a milonga with music composed by Juan Félix Maglio in 1933 and lyrics by Enrique Cadícomo.
A laid-back selection of tango music from the ‘Golden Age’ of tango.
Image Credit: Peter Dall
Thank you to all who listen in to Tango Capital!
Acknowledgement: With apologies to Eeyore
Listen in as Julian Schaeffer meets Entre Tango Duo for an afternoon of Bossa nova, Chacarera, Zamba, and Tango. The dynamic professional life of bandoneonista and orquesta leader Pedro Laurenz is also featured, together with a quick round up of live music events across the region during October and November. That’s this Sunday on Tango Capital, 7:00pm to 8:00pm:
Image: Elian Sellanes (piano), Julian Schaeffer (guitar), and Elena González (vocals) at Open Studio, Northcote, VIC on 27 April 2019.
- Marioneta, meaning ‘Puppet’; recorded by Ánibel Troilo on 6 October 1944; a tango with music composed by Juan José Guichandut in 1928, lyrics by Armando Tagini, and sung by Floreal Ruíz.
- Mendocina, meaning ‘Girl From Mendoza’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 19 Devcember 1944; a vals with music composed by Miguel Bruno, first recorded in 1942, lyrics by Benigno Palmeiro, and sung by Carlos Bermúdez and Jorge Linares.
- Julián; recorded by Pedro Laurenz and Pedro Maffia, in duet on 3 July 1925; a tango with music composed by Edgardo Donato in 1924 and lyrics by José Luis Panizza.
- La Revancha, meaning ‘The Rematch’, or ‘The Revenge’; recorded by Julio De Caro in 1932; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz, first recorded in 1926 and lyrics by Pedro Laurenz.
- Amurado, meaning ‘Harassed’; recorded by Pedro Laurenz on 29 July 1940; a tango with music composed by Pedro Laurenz and Pedro Maffia in 1926, lyrics by José Pedro de Grandis, and sung by Juan Carlos Casas.
- Taquito Militar, meaning ‘Military Heels’; recorded by Quinteto Real on 1960s; a milonga with music composed by Mariano Mores in 1952. The name is a reference to the heeled boots that were worn as dress uniform by the military services in Argentina at the time; the heel was based on a cavalry heel, and so made a clear tap on the ground as the wearer walked – or danced.
- Déjame Que Me Vaya, meaning ‘Let Me Go’; recorded live from a performance by Entre Tango Duo and Julian Schaeffer at Open Studio, Northcote, Melbourne, VIC on 25 July 2019; a chacarera trunca with music composed by Saúl Belindo Carabajal and lyrics by Roberto Ternán. Written in or before 1995, when Chaqueño Palavecino released the song on the El Alma De Felipito album.
- Malena; recorded live from a performance by Entre Tango Duo and Julian Schaeffer at Open Studio, Northcote, Melbourne, VIC on 25 July 2019; a tango with music composed by Lucio Demare in 1942 and lyrics by Homero Manzi. It was possibly the nightclub singer Malena de Toledo (stage name of Elena Tortolero) who captured Manzi’s imagination when he saw her performing in Brazil, and led him to write these lyrics. The story goes that Demare was so taken by the lyrics that he wrote the music for them in a quarter of an hour.
- Tango Negro, meaning ‘Black Tango’; recorded live from a performance by Entre Tango Duo and Julian Schaeffer at Open Studio, Northcote, Melbourne on 25 July 2019; a milonga candombe with music and lyrics by Juan Carlos Cáceres, first recorded by him in 1999.
- Romance De Barrio, meaning ‘Suburban Romance’;, from the collection ‘Comme Il Faut’ released in 2019, recorded by Pablo Estigarribia, Horacio Cabarcos, and Victor Lavallen in 2019; a vals with music composed by Ánibal Troilo in 1947 and lyrics by Homero Manzi.