DDPs Favorite Tandas:

Pugliese: His Signature Sound

La yumba (1952)
Emancipación (1955)
Nochero soy (1956)
La mariposa (1966)

Today is Osvaldo Pugliese‘s birthday, so in his honor here is a tanda containing some of his best known, highly dramatic tangos. His sound is very challenging for social dancing, pushing the dancers’ improvisation to the limit with rapid dynamic changes. His orchestra moves from huge, thundering beats to soft, suave fills to soaring melodies, all with incredible speed and aplomb. Challenging, yes, but immensely satisfying when you are connected to your partner and the music. Personally, I only play them very late during long milongas, when I feel that the crowd’s mood can handle them.
Although it is the latest piece, ending the tanda with “La mariposa” softens the overall impact—subjectively, I find this tango “sweeter” than the others in the tanda. If I wanted to really sock everyone in the gut while tugging at their heartstrings, I might end with one of these two:

Gallo ciego (1959)

A Evaristo Carriego (1969)


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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