Archive for March 7th, 2011


“It is said that I am moved and that I cry, yes it’s true but I never do this for trivial reasons”, these were the words of the legendary Anibal Troilo; he was only 24 years old when he finally had his first orchestra and for his first recording he cut “Come Il Faut” composed by the ill-fated genius Eduardo Arolas who would die an alcoholic at the age of 32 and “Tinta Verde” by violinist Agustin Bardi who played with his first orchestra at the age of eight…Anibal Troilo was ten years old when he persuaded his mother to buy him a bandoneon; that was a major investment for a poor family…his mother finally convinced a shop keeper to sell her one at 140 pesos in 14 installments; after the fourth payment however, the shopkeeper died and the debt was forgotten by his inheritors, a good omen…in fact it would be this, one and only, bandoneon which would be with him for his long and fecund career…his first performance in front of an audience was on a stage at an outdoor market when he was eleven years old…


He later briefly joined a ladies orchestra and at the age of 14 he formed a quintet; at 16 he was part of the renown sextet of violinist Elvino Vardaro with Osvaldo Pugliese at the piano…later he would play with some of the greats, Juan Maglio “Pacho”, Juan D’arenzo and Angel D’agostino…toward the end of his life, he would recall 1937 with nostalgia; that was the year that he put together his own orchestra and the year that, in a night club, he met a shy hat girl, Ida Calachi whom he would marry and who would become his beloved partner for the rest of his life…his orchestra debuted at the Maribu Club whose advertising declared excitedly, “Everybody to the Marabu Club, the club of the first class, where Pichucco and his orchestra will make you dance to passionate tangos”...over a span of thirty-two years he would record an estimated 449 tangos the last being on June 24, 1971..Troilo was also a composer of some immortal hits like  “Toda Mi Vida”, “Barrio de Tango”, “Garua”, “Sur”, “Romance del Barrio”, “La Ultima Curda”, “Maria”