DDPs Favorite Tandas:
Troilo, Vals

Troilo: Valses

Temblando, singer Francisco Fiorentino (1944)
Palomita blancasingers Floreal Ruiz y Alberto Marino (1944)
Flor de linosinger Floreal Ruiz (1947)
Romance de barriosinger Floreal Ruiz (1947)

I most often play tandas of three valses, especially if the milonga is shorter. But sometimes, especially at festivals, I feel like the crowd really craves four. And for that special four-vals tanda, who better to play than el gordo Pichuco? All three of his great singers of the 1940s—Francisco Fiorentino, Alberto Marino, and Floreal Ruiz—make an appearance in this tanda.


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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