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Mariano Mores (1918-2016)

Since April 13, 2016 we honor the passing of the great artist Mariano Mores (o Marianito Mores in is early years), born in the porteño neighborhood of San Telmo Febraury 18, 1918.

An amazing and well known pianist, composer and Argentine tango orchestra director.

He was the author of various tangos and milongas, such as “Uno” and “Cafetín de Buenos Aires” (alongside Enrique Santos Discépolo, 1943 and 1948), “Adiós pampa mía” (1945), “Cuartito azul” (1939), “Taquito militar” (1952), “Tanguera” (1955), “El firulete” (1958), “El patio de la morocha” (alonsgside Cátulo Castillo, 1951), “En esta tarde gris” y “Gricel” (alongside José María Contursi, 1941 and 1942). The songs “Uno” and “Adiós pampa mía” are among the 10 top most known and heard tangos in the world, for which he received 26 golden and platinum discs.

On the year 2000 he was chosen- by popular vote- as “The best tango composer of the century” and his song “Taquito militar” as “Best milonga of the century”.

Artistically speaking, it all begun with the romantic tango “Cuartito azul”, dedicated to his girlfriend, later his wife, Myrna, with whom he shared 76 years of his life. The song is about the room that he rented back in 1938, just to be near her.

Later, Francisco Canaro incorporates him to his orchestra as a choir director. He had been surprised by Marianito after hearing his version of “Cuartito azul”, recorded by Ignacio Corsini. With Canaro´s orchestra several of his tangos became great hits worldwide, thanks to the huge exposure that Francisco gave his revolutionary and aesthetic style.

Mores used to say “Tango is a feeling… it is born of a mixture of the hood, a corner, a street light and its “miraculous alliance” wins the world over. Because the great tangos are those whistled by people on the street and transcends frontiers …Uno, Adiós pampa mía, Taquito militar, Tanguera and others have given me enormous satisfactions. This songs have traveled around the globe…internationally acknowledged tangos that had been “classic porteño whistles” before; they represent the sole and the essence of Argentina”.

In 1948 Mores separates from Canaro´s orchestra and is hired to direct the “Radio Belgrano” Orchestra. On the other hand, he had already surrounded himself with a group of singers and musicians, with the intention of creating a new orchestra, with new characteristics, similar to those of a chamber orchestra (Its first name was “Tango Chamber Orchestra”). Sometimes it would be a bigger orchestra alongside a choir named “Popular Lyrical Orchestra”, a fusion of classical and popular, as mores would have it. In 1952 the addition of Martín Darré (organ and arrangements) gives the orchestra a unique style. By the 1960´s the Chamber Orchestra idea turned into a sextet by the name “Lyrical Modern Sextet” (1963) that featured an electric guitar, an organ, drums and percussion. These were show business orchestras (used in movies, international tours, theater and television). Mores had the dream of a 300 musician orchestra performing in international tours.

Mores, as an independent musician, composed and played in the movie “Corrientes, calle de ensueños (1949) where he performed the tango “Cafetín de Buenos Aires”. That same year he performed in the film “La doctora quiere tangos”, featuring his tango “Poema en tango”. In 1953, he had the main role in “La voz de mi ciudad”, where he composed the songs”Taquito militar”, “Muchachita porteña”, “El estrellero”, “Fandango” and “La voz de mi ciudad”. He was distinguished by the Argentine Cinamtographic Asociation with the “Cóndor de Plata” award for his movie trajectory in Argentina (2010).

He took part in several public shows such as “Buenos Aires de seda y percal” (1963), “Buenas noches Buenos Aires” (with Hugo del Carril 1963/65, featuring a festival of music, singing, dancing and humor. This same title got to the movies in 1964, directed by del Carril, music by Mariano Mores). In 1966 he performed in the first megashow that took part in Argentina: “Buenos Aires canta al mundo”.

Mariano Mores has over 300 recordings: His first album was “Un argentino en Paris” (1954). Numerous successful tous are still remembered: Mexico (1960) where he was called the “Miguel Ángel del Tango” and where he arranged and performed fusion musical themes with tropical and tango rhythms, such as the tango-bolero “Tan solo un loco amor”; in Japan (1992) he performs in 42 concerts. He had a main participation in the Tango Century Celebration in the London Royal Festival, organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Cultural Society (1997). In 2005 and 2006 he took part in the historic “Café de los maestros”.

He directed the National Symphonic Orchestra of the Teatro Colon and on December 1st he celebrated his “Golden Anniversary with citizen music”, performing for the first time in the Luna Park (1990); In 1994 he performed in the Teatro Opera de Buenos Aires and sang a duet with the greatest folkloric figure Mercedes Sosa, his tango “Cristal”; his 70 years Celebration Show in Obras (2000), that was later performed in other Argentine cities. ; 2 main shows in the Teatro Gran Rex (2003); the “El maestro del tango” show that took part in the Teatro El Nacional (2007); 2 other shows in the Luna Park (2008) as a celebration for his 90th birthday with over 50 artists, a 40 musician orchestra, a ballet and various invited figures. In 2011/2012 he starts a good bye tour that concludes in the Mar del Plata Auditorium, with a symbolic pass of his baton to his grandchild Gabriel Mores.

Mariano Mores was an acknowledged and successful popular idol that represents an essential part of the history of tango, who found a way to get to all the existing media in show business with music hall characteristics.

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