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Di Sarli

Di Sarli: 1950s Instrumentals

Viviani (1956)
Los 33 orientales (1955)
Una fija (1958)
Indio manso (1958)

The big, lush sound of these 1950s instrumentals by Di Sarli is absolutely magical. I know that many teachers in the U.S. use these an others for introductory classes on walking, because their tempo is moderate and their sound quality rich enough to get students hooked on tango music.
The only interesting tidbit I’ve got for you about the songs is the identity of the 33 “orientals” in the second song. Here oriental has nothing to do with East Asia; rather, it refers to the Banda Oriental (Eastern Shore) of a certain river…i.e., present-day Uruguay. The 33 orientales set sail from San Isidro to begin the fight for the independence of their province from the Empire of Brazil.
You may notice that this is the first tanda I have posted that includes music from the 1950s. Most of my tango tastes seem to be in the 1935-1945 range…so I really am a Golden Age music junkie!


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.


4 thoughts on “Di Sarli: 1950s Instrumentals

  1. The second tango you hear rarely here in Berlin. Do you know on which CD I can find that specific recording? I only found the 1952 version on a collection called ‘Lo mejor de Carlos Di Sarli’.

    Posted by experimentsinexperience | 11.11.2011, 1:43 pm


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