Archive for January 22nd, 2012

1842, January 22 – BIRTH OF ELOISA DE SILVA

Eloisa de Silva (Aquarius)came into contact with Argentina when she accompanied her father to Brasil to sell beef to feed the slaves…in the port of Buenos Aires she was first exposed to Tango and was immediately enthralled with the music; years later she would become the  first women in history to compose a tango…Eloisa de Silvia was born in ancient port city of Cadiz in Spain to a noble family; her father was a baron and her maternal grandmother was a duchess from the city of Foggia in the ancient greek province of Apuglia in southern Italy…as a child she showed keen interest in music and her father procured lessons for her with non other than Franz Liszt who was much in demand throughout europe and already in his time it was whispered that he was the greatest pianist of all time…Eloisa so impressed Liszt that he dubbed her “the Chopin in skirts”….at age 13 she played her first concert in Spain at the Teatro Real de Madrid; it was the first of many she would perform in Europe’s most elegant capitols…she would eventually win awards from her majestys Queen Isabel II of Spain and Queen Victoria of England…


As her father was the owner of large estates in Cuba, she settled there for some time…she developed a mystical connection to the land and people of Cuba and in her letters she liked to assert that she was Cuban…here she continued her musical studies with legendary American pianist Maureu Gottschaulk; she accompanied him to his performance at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires in 1868; on a stop over she met dashing, debonair Uruguayan nobleman Federico de Silva, “it was love at first sight” she would recount years later…two years later, she married him in Buenos Aires  at the church of La Piedad in a grand and luxurious ceremony befitting a royal head of Europe and which became part of popular myth for many generations to come…Federico de Silva was president of the philharmonic society and he encouraged his wife’s musical activities…one day he was stunned and outraged to find his wife dabbling in tango; it was the music of the petty criminals and whores….she however secretly continued; her tango compositions include “El Maco”, “El Queco” (whorehouse), Evangelica” (released as cuban tango), “El Mozo Rubio”, “Que Si, Que No”, “Marcha Funebre a Sarmiento” and many others that remain in private collections erroneously authored as “anonymous” …she was an inspiration to the first woman bandoneon player, Paquita Bernardo…she continued composing for many years long after her husband was deceased; she live to the age of 101