1943, June 8 – FIRST RECORDED “PAISAJE”

“Paisaje”, one of the most beautiful and beloved tango waltzes in history, speaks of a golden framed picture of a lost love which has been removed from the wall and has been replaced by one of an autumn country setting…it uses autumn mist imagery to describe the pain of loss and hypothesize that his lost love is going through same regret…these masterful lyrics were written by the legendary Homero Manzi who, in the eyes of some respected critics,was the best tango lyricist of all time …his early dream was to become a lawyer but he left law school to devote himself to writing and journalism…at the age of fourteen he wrote his first tango, the waltz “Por Que No Me Besas”;  by the age of twenty he was already famous and respected…he would write the lyrics to many tangos including Lucio Demare’s great hit “Malena” , “Fuimos” which was a hit for Adriana Varela, “Milonga De 900” recorded by Carlos Gardel and perhaps his greatest hit of all “Sur” with music by Anibal Troilo, made into a hit by Roberto Goyeneche…tragically Manzi would die at the age of forty-four from cancer

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“Paisaje” was composed by Sebastian Piana with whom Manzi would collaborate to create several hits including “Milonga Sentimental” and “Viejo Ciego”…Piana’s father a second generation barber, left Piemonte, Italy and arrived in Buenos Aires when he was eight years old…besides cutting hair he was accomplished at playing a number of musical instruments and he put together a quartet which played in the neighborhood cafes…Sebastian’s father was a friend of Alfredo Pugliese, Osvaldo’s father and Pedro Maffia who would become Sabastian’s brother-in-law….Sebastian in collaboration with Pedro Mafia would take the country milonga with which Gardel’ started his career and revitalize it into what became the modern milonga…he composed his first tango “Sabor Popular” at age seventeen; three years late he composed “Sobre El Pucho” which won second place in a contest after Juan De Dios Filiberto’s “El Ramito”…in his career he would composed over 500 pieces and would compose film scores including the 1950 classic “Arrabalera” starring Tita Merello

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