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Janett's Tango Did You Know??? Canaro

Posted: 11:53, Saturday 26 January 2008 by Janett Jackson

Updated: 12:25, Saturday 26 January 2008 by Janett Jackson

The phrase “he’s got more money than Canaro” was coined to indicate people of wealth.

Francisco Canaro (Nov. 1888 – Dec. 1964) played the violin as well as conducting his orchestra. It is believed Canaro paid some people to help write the 3,500 to 7,000 pieces of music attributed to him. Even if he wrote only 5% the amount is prolific.

Canaro introduced words into his tango compositions in 1924 by having singers sing the chorus or bridge (estribillo) section of the music. The singers were called estribillistas or chansonniers.

When Canaro added lyrics to music he had previously written, like other composers, he gave the piece a new name. This could explain the discrepancy regarding the number of pieces attributed to him as mentioned above.

Canaro published his memoirs, My 50 years with tango (Mis 50 años con el tango) in 1956.

Information source:

Web article by Néstor Pinsón and Julio Nudler


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