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Tarea #3 – JCCC Spring 17

Tarea #3 – JCCC Spring 17

Welcome to your 3rd tarea from Tango Matiz. We’ll continue the reading from last week and discuss some more videos and music. Let’s jump right in.


I’d like for you guys to read Part 4 from the Meaning of Tango. You may have noticed I skipped over Part 3. That is intentional. Part 3 is very dense description of how to complete Tango movements. I think it’s better to learn those movements from teachers live (or from videos in a pinch), rather than from reading. If you feel otherwise, you are more than welcome to purchase a copy of the book for yourself from the following link: The Meaning of Tango: The Story of the Argentinian Dance, and read Part 3 at your leasure.

And as last week, you can download a scan of the reading here. It is super short this time around:

Download: Meaning of Tango — Part 4


Technique Videos:
As a good review of our last class, here is a link of Michelle & Joachim dancing simple system changes and rock steps (cunitas):

And an inspirational video:

Carlitos Espinoza & Noelia Hurtado — La bruja, Orquesta Juan D’Arienzo, 1938


We will continue with an overview of another Class A orchestra from the Golden Age of Tango (1935–1955): Orquesta Carlos di Sarli.

Note: Class A was a recording industry classification for the most recorded orchestras of the Golden Age. It was reserved for just 4 orquestras.

Orquesta Carlos di Sarli

Carlos di Sarli is well known for his incredibly lush and ‘upper-class’ style music, most popular in the north of Buenos Aires (BsAs). A classical pianist by training, di Sarli most prominently features violins in his recordings. He started out playing quite rhythmical music, but in 1942 switched quite abruptly to focusing on more lyrical music. He was nicknamed “El Señor del Tango” (The Lord of Tango).

The following song is a good email example of di Sarli: Milonguero viejo, or “The Old Milonguero (someone who dances at milongas)”:

Another famous song would be Bahía Blanca, or “White Bay”, a composition by di Sarli himself, about his hometown:

Finally, Corazón, or “Heart”, from before 1942, when di Sarli was still quite rhythmic:

That’s it! See you in class.