DDPs Favorite Tandas:


El 13 (1938)
Pura clase (1939)
El yaguarón (1940)
La maleva (1939)

Rodolfo Biagi was Juan D’Arienzo‘s pianist from 1935 until 1938, when he left to form an orchestra of his own. His orchestra’s signature is his surprising use of erratic accents on the upbeats, which give his orchestra a jumpy, lively sound.
Opening with “El 13,” recorded just a month after his orchestra’s debut at the cabaret Marabú, this high-energy tanda showcases some of Biagi’s best early instrumentals. He lives up to his nickname Manos Brujas (Wizard Hands) with clear, crisp piano playing on “Pura clase” and “El yaguarón.” The closing song, “La maleva,” composed by Antonio Buglione, is one of the most familiar, often recorded numbers in the tango repertoire, and has a nice blend of drama and sweetness.
For even more punch, I sometimes end this tanda with Quejas de bandoneón (1941), Biagi’s version of composer Juan de Dios Filiberto‘s magum opus.


About Derrick Del Pilar

Born and raised in Chicago, I came to the tango while studying at the Universidad de Belgrano in Buenos Aires in 2006. In 2008 I earned my B.A. with majors in Creative Writing and Spanish & Portuguese from the University of Arizona, and in 2009 I earned an M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. My specialty is the history & literature of early 20th century Argentina.


6 thoughts on “Biagi—Instrumentals

  1. Lovely! I’d like to see some vocal Biagis too, though. Biagi-Ortiz and some Biagi-Amor maybe? I’m thinking Todo te nombra, Romantico bulincito, Guapo y varon, Adios, te vas, Tu corazon…

    Posted by terpsichoral | 31.10.2011, 12:35 pm
    • Actually, the next tanda I was thinking of publishing is Biagi/Falgás, so that one will go up! Biagi/Ortiz will be the next one from “Manos brujas” after that :).

      Posted by poesiadegotan | 31.10.2011, 12:40 pm
      • Hmm, actually, I think I’ll do Ortiz first. “Todo te nombra” is also one of my favorites…

        Posted by poesiadegotan | 31.10.2011, 1:34 pm


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