DDPs Favorite Tandas:

Pugliese: In the 1940s

Recuerdo (1944)
Raza criolla (1945)
Flor de tango (1945)
Negracha (1948)

Ah, Pugliese, Pugliese, Pugliese. Famous as the most dramatic (and difficult to dance) of tango orchestras, Osvaldo Pugliese’s recordings from the 1950s and later are classic favorites of stage dancers. But for play in a milonga, especially before 1:00am, I prefer these early instrumentals. They still have the the signature style for which Pugliese is known—dynamics that quickly shift in contrasting passages from loud to soft, fast to slow, beat to melody—but they are not as long or dramatic as the 1950s pieces.
“Negracha,” especially, is very advanced for its era, highly musically sophisticated and difficult, though rewarding, to dance.


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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