DDPs Favorite Tandas:

Demare: The Poetry of Homero Manzi

Mañana zarpa un barco, singer Juan Carlos Miranda  (1942)
Solamente ella, singer Horacio Quintana (1944)
Torrente, singer Horacio Quintana (1944)
Telón, singer Juan Carlos Miranda (1938)

Here I go again, mixing singers—but my excuse this time is that these tangos by Lucio Demare‘s orchestra all have absolutely wonderful lyrics by the great tango poet Homero Manzi, and I’ve translated all of them on Poesía de gotán. This tanda is one of my favorites, and though the recordings span six years (and go from latest to earliest right at the end), it has a nice coherent texture that is both sweet and darkly dramatic. For a more greatest-hits feel, I would substitute one of the songs, most likely “Telón” or “Torrente,” with the 1942 version of Manzi’s iconic “Malena,” featuring Juan Carlos Miranda.

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.


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