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EXPERIENCE,  History of Tango,  NEWS

La guardia vieja (The old guard) Part IV

By Isidro Aguirre


Emerging musicians

The names of the most significant musicians from la vieja guardia were: Angel Gregorio Villoldo Arroyo[1], also known as A. Gregorio, Fray Pimiento, Gregorio Giménez, Ángel Arroyo and Mario Reguero (1861-1919) who was a lyricist, guitar player, composer and singer and also considered the father of Tango; Agustin Bardi[2] (1884-1941) composer, piano and violin player; Francisco Canaro[3] (his real name was Francisco Canarozzo, 1888-1964) composer, violin player and orchestra director; Roberto Firpo[4] (1884-1969) composer, piano player and orchestra director, who excelled himself for imposing piano in the typical orchestra structure and also for performing in the café “La Giralda” in Montevideo, the well-known “La Cumparsita” from Uruguayan Gerardo Matos Rodríguez (1897-1948); Vicente Greco (1886-1924) composer, bandoneon player and orchestra director, Carlos Gardel´s personal friend, with whom he recorded various tangos such as “Pobre corazoncito” (lyrics by Numa Córdoba), “La percanta está triste”, “Alma porteña” and “Argentina”[5]; Samuel Castriota (1885-1932) was a composer, piano player, guitar player and orchestra director, remembered for being the author of the music for the tango “Lita” , which would later be widely known as “Mi noche triste”, with lyrics by Pascual Contursi (1888-1932) [6] and Eduardo Arolas[7] (1892-1924) also a composer, bandoneon player and orchestra director, nicknamed “El tigre del bandoneón”.

[1] The tangos that he composed were: “A la ciudad de Londres”, “Bolada de aficionado”, “Ámame Mucho”, “Brisas rosarinas”, “Calandria”, “Chiflale que va a venir”, “Chinito, “Cuerpo de alambre”, “De farra en el cabaret”, “Don Pedro” (a tribute to composer Pietro Mascagni), “El argentino”, “El bohemio”, “El cachorrito”, “El cebollero”, “El chichón”, “El choclo (music)”, “El distinguido”, “El esquinazo”, “El farrista”, “El fogonazo”, “El gavilán”, “El ñato Romero”, “El pechador”, “El pimpollo”, “El pinchazo”, “El porteñito”, “El presumido”, “El tango de la muerte”, “La bicicleta”, “La budinera”, “La caprichosa”, “La modernista”, “La morocha” (lyrics, music by Enrique Saborido), La paloma”, “La pipeta”, “La prigueña”, “Las tocayas”, “Mi ñatita”, “Miramar”, “Muy de la bombonera”, “Pamperito, “Papita pa’l loro”, “Petit salón”, “Pineral”, “Prendete del brazo nena”, “Ricotona”, “Sacame una película gordito”, “Soy tremendo”, “Tan delicado el niño”, “Tan rica la ñata”, “Te la di chanta”, “Trigo limpio”, “Un mozo bien”, “Una fija”, “Vas a vivir mucho”, “Yunta brava”, “¡Qué Pamplina!”, “¿Qué hacés Chamberguito?”, “¡cuidado con los cincuenta!”.

[2] Some of the main tangos that he wrote were: “Nunca tuvo novio”, “Cabecita negra”, “Independiente Club”, “Lorenzo”, “Gallo ciego”, “¡Que noche!”, “La última cita”.

[3] Compound: “Dos corazones”, “Pinta brava”, “El internado”, “El alacrán”, “Sufra, “Sentimiento gaucho”, “La última copa”, “La brisa”, “Madreselva”, “Yo no sé que me han hecho tus ojos”, “El Tigre Millán”, “Mano brava”, “Destellos”, “Soñar y nada más”, “Se dice de mí”, “Adiós Pampa mía” co-author along Ivo Pelay and Mariano Mores.

[4] Some of the tangos he composed were: “Alma de bohemio” his most famous work, “Argañaraz, “Sentimiento criollo”, “De pura cepa”, “Marejada”, “El compinche”, “El ahorcado”, “Fuegos artificiales”, alongside Eduardo Arolas, “Didí”, “El bisturí, “El amanecer”, “El gallito, “El rápido”, “Vea Vea”, “El apronte”, “Montevideo”, “La carcajada”.

[5] Other tangos: “Ausencia”, “Barba’e choclo”, “Chicotazo”, “Criollo viejo”, “De raza”, “El cuzquito”, “El eléctrico”, “El estribo”, “El flete”, “El garrotazo”, “El mejican”, “El morochito”, “El pangaré, “El pato de la Z”, “El perverso”, “El pibe, “Estoy penando, “Italianita, “Kiki, “La canota”, “La gauchita”, “La infanta”, “La milonguera”, “La paica”, “La regadera”, “La viruta”, “Los soñadores”, “María Angélica”, “Máscara dura”, “Montaraz”, “Muela careada”, “Noche brava”, “Ojos negros”, “Pachequito”, “Popoff”, “Pueyrredón”, “¡Qué nene!”, “Racing Club”, “Rodríguez Peña”, “Saladillo”, “Zazá”.

[6] Likewise: “A la vejez”, “A Trípoli”, “Atorrante” (lyrics by Juan Andrés Bruno), “Buen ejemplo”, “Campero”, “Chica moderna” (lyrics by Enrique Pedro Maroni), “¡Cómo brilla!”, “Como quiera”, “Como una flor” (lyrics by Luis Roldán), “Con su china”, “Cordobesita”, “Cotorrita”, “Despechando”, “Dolor de ausencia” (lyrics by Carlos R. De Paoli), “Don Florencio”, “El arroyito” (lyrics by Celedonio Flores), “El botonazo”, “El ciruja de Sorrento”(letra de Juan Andrés Bruno), “El gaucho”, “El gorrión, “El loco de los inventos”, “EL señuelo”, “Flor de cardo”, “Francia”, “Inesita”, “Jardín de las rosas”, “La cotorrita”, “La mañanita”, “La parroquiana”, “La piba del norte”, “La yerra”, “Las margaritas”, “Lamento del corazón”, “Mi coronel  (lyrics and music), “Mi noche alegre”, “Mi querida”, “Nido de amor”, “Notas lejanas” (lyrics and music), “Patio olvidado” (lyrics by Carlos Cabral), “Picardía”, “Puerto Belgrano”, “Rebelde, “Reja de mis amores”, “Reliquias camperas”, “Sentate hermano (Bebé conmigo)” (lyrics by Pascual Contursi), “¿Te acordás, Rafaela? ”, “Una sonrisa”, “Vieja milonga”.

[7] His tangos were: “Alice”, “Anatomía”, “Cardos, “Colorao”, “Comme il faut, “Derecho viejo”, “El Marne”, “El rey de los bordoneos”, “Fuegos artificiales”, “La guitarrita”, “Lágrimas”, “Maipo, “Moñito (Marrón Glacé)”, “Papas calientes”, “Place Pigall”, “Rawson”, “Retintín”, “Rocca, “Tupungato, “Una noche de garufa”.



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