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Thursday, September 11, 2014
[Surprise!] Fun mini-lesson in musical styles of great tango orchestras
My friend Patricia Muller, who for almost two decades has been teaching milonguero-style tango in Florence, Italy, just posted this entertaining video in a private Facebook group for us "tango dinosaurs". I couldn't wait to share it with you. Here's the Youtube video mini-lesson, featuring pianist Mario Marzán (English sub-titles):
I found that to be so much fun!! Who recognized some of the orchestras' styles, and the famous exerpts Mario played for us? Please tell us about it in the comments section below! When Mario played Troilo's "variación" (variation), the speedy part, of "Quejas de Bandoneon", I automatically envisioned the feet of Maria Nieves flashing in a turbo-charged molinete around Juan Carlos Copes, in some performance 40-50 years ago! And speaking of "variaciónes", I loved how he played Horacio Salgán's most famous piece, "A Fuego Lento!"In milongas, we usually don't hear music by Salgán, nor by Mariano Mores, represented here by his milonga "Taquito Militár", which you may have recognized. Salgán is more of a concert tango composer/performer, and Mores I'd call more of a show tango composer (for example, his famous "Tanguera".) Salgán is now 98 years old, and Mores 96! Mario ends his video with a jazzified tango, "Lluvia de Estrellas" by pianist Osmar Maderna (1918-1951). Many of you may have never heard of Maderna. A talented young tango musician, his career took off when he was invited to join Miguel Caló's orchestra around 1940. He was just in his early 20's, but I'd venture that a large part of what we recognize as absolutely "Caló" is really the orchestra with the distinctive "voice" of Maderna's piano, as important as the distinctive voices of singers Raul Beron, Alberto Podesta', and a few others. My only complaint about this charming and educational little video is that, for me, Mario's example doesn't do justice to Carlos Di Sarli. Let us hear your thoughts! Please post in the comments section below.