Brief history of Argentine tango music as told by Max Valentinuzzi
Max Valentinuzzi he played piano for the various bands (mostly tango) in Buenos Aires between 1946 and 1956. In 2007 Bob Barnes of Mandragora Tango Orchestra organized the lecture about tango fo the local dance community. Max was a lecturer and shared his knowledge of Argentine tango.
Max does not pretend to be the authority on tango – he thinks of himself as an amateur. It does not take away from the value of his knowledge of tango. It is great that Max is able to convey his knowledge in English.
This recording of Max’s lecture was sent to me by Bo Barnes, the leader of Mandragora (check out the band’s site for the lovely dance tracks and other interesting tango goodies).
I enjoyed what I heard so much that I decided to”convert” the recording into the radio shows.
In his story Max mentioned Emilio Balcarce, the composer of great La Bordona. It is funny, but a few weeks after the show I bought a copy of Si Sos Brujos, the documentary about the preservation of the orchestral secrets of the tango’s Golden Age.
Emilio Balcarce was an active participant of this project. Already in his late 80s, the master came out of his retirement to teach the young musicians how to play tango old way. The documentary shows another musician mentioned by Max – J. Plaza.
It is a pleasure to watch how the music “shrunk” the generation gap of 50-60 years between the maestros and their under-studies.