Tango through the days, the years and the centuries.
Tango. Over a century of existence, with moments of glory and terrible downfalls that could make it disappear. But it survived though the drastic cultural changes that occurred in the XXth century, in a world where the market for musical genres is ever growing.
And many new rhythms that we have seen (some of them called “urban genres”) have made a gigantic sound, but they have risen as quickly as they have fallen.
So, what is it about tango that made it through? Making people dance, sing and teaching it still in these days?
Once upon a time, in a writing workshop, the person writing this article came across an old and talented master. The master taught this humble writer that texts are not the only things that could be interpreted by reading; a painting, a sculpture, a building, 120 minutes of a movie or various musical notes produced by a bandoneon could be dissected and analyzed, the same way letters and words are.
The beginning, the plot and the outcome of these productions had the same purpose: to transmit a message to be interpreted by the beholder.
And that is what happens with tango. A musical genre that does not lose it capacity to transmit a reflection through the ages. It is a genre that -sometimes- is appreciated by the audience for its meaning, besides the music or the dance.
Tango tells personal histories: the life of the men writing them, the feeling through the singers, the instruments that decorate it and the elegance of the brave dancers. That is what tango is all about. And that is the reason why tango is never going to fail us, its authors, its various meanings and interpretations. As the master Discepolo once said: “because it is a sad feeling that can be danced”.