DDPs Favorite Tandas:
Carabelli, Orquesta Típica Victor

Guardia Vieja: Carabelli and Orquesta Típica Victor

Don Juan—Orquesta Típica Victor, singer Alberto Gómez (1932)
Rodríguez PeñaOrquesta Adolfo Carabelli, singer Alberto Gómez (1932)
El TreceOrquesta Adolfo Carabelli, singer Alberto Gómez (1932)
Ventarrón—Orquesta Típica Victor, singer Alberto Gómez (1933)

Here is one tanda that, in theory, should make purists balk. A tanda should sound coherent, so that dancers can spend all twelve-odd minutes adjusting to their partner and the conditions on the floor, not readjusting their bodies to drastically different music. And since each orchestra director put their own unique stamp on the music, often changing musicians and sound over time, coherence requires a tanda to be be composed of songs only by the same orchestra director, from the same time period. Mixing orchestras in a tanda of tangos is supposed to be the cardinal sin.
Well, guess what? I’m not really mixing orchestras here. Adolfo Carabelli, you see, was the director of the Orquesta Típica Victor from 1925–1936, but though he released some tracks under his own name and some under the Victor name (as the record label’s “house” orchestra), he wrote all the arrangements and used most of the same musicians and singers.
I chose these four songs because the mood and lyrics are all similar: upbeat, boastful, lighthearted.


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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