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1924, December 5 – STAGE PREMIERE OF “EL CIEGO”

In the early part of the century, stage plays were the preferred method of entertainment and it was also the preferred setting to debut a new tango…a successful debut of a new tango in a stage play could mean fame and fortune for its composer…this was exactly the dream of composer Antonio Scatasso when he premiered his tango “El Ciego” in the play “Chi Lo Sa” written by Cesar Bourel which premiered at the Apollo Theater in Buenos Aires…Antonio Scatasso born February 28, 1886 (Pisces) In Naples Italy had very little education and in fact he was a rough, aggressive, uncouth person but he was also a musical prodigy…


At the age of four his poor family had emigrated to Buenos Aires in the hope of a better life…Antonio learned to play the mandolin, the guitar and the bandoneon with almost no training of any kind; later he would also become a composer of simple and melodic tangos much beloved by the public especially theater audiences…his first professional debut, around 1907, was with the mandolin alongside violinist and future legend, Francisco Canaro…later he performed at the Cafe El Parque but this time on bandoneon which he had mastered…in 1933 he met Ignacio Corsini at the Teatro Smart; a long and productive collaboration was to ensue including memorable performance at the Radio Nacion….he was always close to the theater, toward the end of his life in management…among his numerous compositions were some great hits for some of which he not only composed the music but wrote the lyrics as well




The story is told of a young lady present at pianist Linda Lee Thomas’s performance of “Invierno Porteno” who was so moved by the music that she burst into sobs….Inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, “Invierno Porteno” (Winter in Buenos Aires) is the second of Astor Piazzolla’s “Cuatro Estaciones Portenas” (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires) which was written over a period of six years in the 1960s and which has caught the attention of world-wide audiences…in fact classical music orchestras are beginning to program The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, alongside those of Vivaldi’s…for example in the year 2000, renown violinist Gidon Kremer, released a highly acclaimed album called “Vivaldi and Piazzolla, Eight Seasons”…of  the four, Invierno Porteno is perhaps the most beloved of Piazzolla’s quartet…recently Japanese World champion skater, Daisuke Takahashi clinched the Grand Prix NHK Trophy with an inspired performance skating to “Invierno Porteno”


Astor Piazzolla, an only child, was born on March 11, 1921 (Pisces) in Mar De Plata Argentina…when he was four years old, the family moved to New York City where at the age of eight, his father bought him his first bandoneon …in 1936 the family moved back to Mar De Plata and it is here that Astor began to play in a number of tango orchestras….Carlos Gardel was a friend of the family and in fact Astor played the part of a paper boy in his film “El Dia Que Me Quieras”… day he happened to hear Elvino Vardaro’s Sextet on the radio and his alternative ways of interpreting tango was to have a great influence on him…in 1954 he was awarded a scholarship by the French government and he went to Paris to study under Nadia Boulanger who, after hearing him play tango says to him “Here is the true Piazzolla, never let him go, do not abandon your roots”…with its elements of jazz and classical music Tango Nuevo is born



Special Event – inspired by the tango “Caminito”, on this date, in the neighborhood of La Boca, in honor of its legendary composer and lifelong resident, Juan de Dios Filiberto, the street was declared officially opened…it was to become in time the mythical “Caminito de La Boca”…composed in 1926, “Caminito” was inspired by the narrow road Filiberto used to take to go to his job as a mechanic and along which, from a window, the tender voice of a young smitten girl would greet him everyday with, “Hola Juanito”…..”Caminito” would become one of the most played and recorded tangos in history…


Juan de dios Filiberto, (March 8, 1885, Pisces) born in La Boca was a descendant of a General and a Ranquel indian…this mixture of Italian and aboriginal blood was to have a great influence on his music; in fact his “Caminito” has an indian theme…as a youth Filiberto was extremely rebellious, and hostile; he was forced to leave school at the age of 9…he began a series of jobs in hard labor; as a blacksmith, a stevedore, a metal fitter but inside his head he heard music especially Beethoven“he was my music god”, he was to say later….at the age of 25, uneducated, coarse and uncouth, he did an unheard of thing, he entered music conservatory…in time a composer of some of the most beloved tangos in history was to emerge.



Alberto Moran, singer (Pisces) – after 10 years with the Osvaldo Pugliese orchestra, following a trend of the 50s, he broke out on his own, recording 2 tangos; “No Te Enganes Corazon” (don’t deceive yourself heart) and “Avergonzado” (shamed)…for the recording he comissioned the pianist Armando Cupo to form a back up orchestra.


Moran arrived in Buenos Aires a poor boy of 4  from the town of Strevi in Northern Italy…he had little schooling and in fact he never studied either music or singing. Discovered by Pugliese, in time he was to become an idol, retaining popularity even after a bohemian lifestyle had greatly diminished his singing voice.


  • CLICK HERE to hear Moran with the Armando Cupo orchestra singing  “Mas Solo Que Nunca” (more alone than ever) written by Federico Leone in 1944 (lyrics by Enrique Dizeo)

1969, 2 August – LAST PERFORMANCE !

Rodolfo Biagi…last performance of a truly great leader and composer,… at the Hurlingham Club, Buenos Aires…(he dies 41 days later)


Born into a family of dire poverty, he leaves school at a very young age…against the consent of his parents he begins to play piano in silent movie houses…one evening, in the theater happened to be  Juan Maglio “Pacho” who invited Rodolfo to join his orchestra…he was 15                                                                                                          ________________________________________

  • Click here to see him play one of  his great hits “Quiero Verte una Vez Mas” (I want to see you for the last time) written by Mario Canaro in 1938 (lyrics by Jose Maria Contursi)