DDPs Favorite Tandas:
Di Sarli

Di Sarli: ’50s Vocals with Pomar & Florio

Tormenta, singer Mario Pomar (1954)
Derrotado, singer Roberto Florio (1956)
Soñemos, singer Roberto Florio (1957)
Tenía que suceder, singer Mario Pomar (1955)

Drama, drama, drama: this tanda of late Di Sarli vocals has plenty of it. This is music for late at night, for a time when the dancers’ energy has ebbed and you want to create an emotional peak. Di Sarli’s 1950s sound is already very slow and legato, and with singers Roberto Florio and Mario Pomar, the orchestra sounds especially languid.
The words are just as dramatic as the arrangements suggest.
“Tormenta,” like many lyrics by Enrique Santos Discépolo, is a lament about the state of the world (“Show me a single flower that has bloomed while striving to follow you, Lord, so that I need not hate a world which shuns me because I will not learn to steal…“).
“Derrotado” is a classic tango lamenting the bitter end of a love affair. (“Though you toyed with my heart, I still can’t forget about you…)
In “Soñemos,” the lightest of the tanda, the singer implores his lover to dream of their impossible affair (“I know that it’s impossible to follow you and adore you, that it’s a sin to love you and to give you my heart. But it doesn’t matter, darling, we can dream tonight, though tomorrow we will weep when we awaken…”).
To finish out the tanda, I’ve chosen a lesser known tango, “Tenía que suceder.” In this enigmatic song, a man refuses to show his palms to a gypsy fortuneteller because he has a dark secret to hide. Click the link to read the full translation on my other site, Poesía de gotán.

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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