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13 - 17 April 2017

Edad de Oro (Golden Age)

During the Trasnochando days & nights of tango, our DJs will pay particular hommage to a period in tango history known as the Edad de Oro (lit. "Golden Age"). This period, which largely corresponds to the decade of the 1940s, represents the culmination in both quantity and quality of a musical development known as the Guardia Nueva.

Both dancers and musicians began to acquire strongly identified individual styles, and having been diffused around the world during the previous decade of the 1930s, tango acquired near universal fame with the help of the recent inventions of radio and film with synchronized sound.

In Buenos Aires, the 1940s were the time of large orchestras, of huge popular tango balls with live orchestras, and of large distribution through radio, gramophone records and cinema. Tango represented the principal music and dance of an entire generation. It could be heard and danced every night in literally hundreds of cafés, cabarets, confiterías, clubs, unions, salons and carnivals. The hub of all this tango activity was avenida Corrientes.

Among all the musicians of the era, Aníbal Troilo (Pichuco) is the most representative of the Edad de Oro. Many discussions in subsequent decades have pondered why he in particular should occupy such a central place in this most illustrious time of tango, amongst thousands of other musicians active at the time. Piazzolla, who knew him profoundly, considered him a "giant of intuition", with a sensitivity capable of "reducing tango to its purest and richest essence".

Of course many other orchestras, famous till this day, achieved prominence during the golden age (Di Sarli, Laurenz, Caló, D'Agostino, Tanturi, ...)

Juan D'Arienzo (and his pianist Rodolfo Biagi) in particular re-popularized the "beat" (compás), producing a faster and more lively tango perfectly suited to dancing. His recordings of "La Cumparsita" and "La Puñalada" sold in the millions throughout the world. He is credited with propelling an entire generation to its feet.

Osvaldo Pugliese's orchestra, with hits such as "La Yumba", shined with its innovative use of percussion, foreshadowing the coming Vanguardia period. Pugliese also collaborated with immortal singers such as Roberto Chanel, Alberto Morán, Jorge Vidal, Jorge Maciel and Miguel Montero.

The rich diversity of sound and dancing that characterize the Edad de Oro continue to enchant to this day. At Trasnochando, our artists and organizers will strive to reawaken the excitement of this fascinating time!

Source (in Spanish): wikipedia

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