DDPs Favorite Tandas:

Laurenz: Early Vocals

Abandono, singer Hector Farrel (1937)
Vieja amigasinger Juan Carlos Casas (1938)
De puro guaposinger Juan Carlos Casas (1940)
Amuradosinger Juan Carlos Casas (1940)

Contrasting the music D’Arienzo was making at the same time with Laurenz‘s late 1930s and early 1940s music is very illuminating. I hesitate to call Laurenz more “sophisticated,” a) because some people might mistake that for a value judgement and b) I’m not a trained musician…
Before Alberto Podestá sang with the orchestra, Juan Carlos Casas was Laurenz’s primary vocalist. This tanda opens with Hector Farrel singing the powerful tango “Abandono,” with lyrics by Homero Manzi and music by Laurenz’s bandoneón buddy, Pedro Maffia, and closes with “Amurado,” where Laurenz displays his bandoneón skills with two variaciones (long bando solos).


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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