Archive for June 22nd, 2011


It snowed on June 22, 1918, an extremely rare event in Buenos Aires….Agustin Bardi “El Chino” had gone to the horse race track at La Plata that evening in his friend Firito’s Ford Model T….it was fate that on the return, gushing like boys at the beauty of this rare event, all of a sudden the Model T went dead and try as they might, they could not restart the car…as his two companions busied themselves under the hood, Agustin stood and looked at the sky in awe; it was indeed an inspiring  sight…as his head was tilted skyward, the notes began to flow in his head…it is then that he composed “Que Noche” (what a night)…it would not snow again in Buenos Aires until July 10, 2007; ninety years later and Radio Belgrano celebrated the occasion by playing “Que Noche” and presenting the life of its composer Agustin Bardi


“Que Noche” was an instant hit…it was first recorded by the Roberto Firpo Orchestra …many others were to follow including Juan D’arienzo, Osmar Maderna, Osvaldo Fresedo…one of the latest recordings was in 1997 by the Trio Luis Di Matteo…Agustin Bardi, pianist, violinist and composer was born in the neighborhood of La Flores in Buenos Aires…he had a tough childhood and he quit school early to help the family but he always loved music; he was essentially self taught…he made his debut as a violinist in a trio including Genaro Esposito…sometime in 1912 he composed his first tango “Vicencito” which a friend had to transcribe as he did not yet write music…he was demanding with himself and with others and was described as an absent minded misanthrope…on Arpil 21, 1941 as he was rushing home to finish a melody that had been haunting him, he suddenly fell down…he was dead from a massive heart attack at the age of fifty five…on his desk was found an unfinished melody he had been working on which his son Carlos later called “Sus Ultimas Notas” (his last notes)…it was premiered by the Joachim Do Reyes Orchestra on Radio El Mundo…there is a saying in Argentina, “it will snow again in Buenos Aires, before a replacement is found for Carlos Gardel