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Wednesday, October 5, 2011


Carlos Gardel is the voice and image of tango. Nevertheless, behind the myth, the outstanding singer and the charismatic actor, there was also a great composer. Now, an exhibition in the Carlos Gardel House Museum, you can approach this side of the major symbol of Argentine tango. Until November the 30th, the exhibition is a must for music and tango lovers.

The house where Gardel and his mother lived in the traditional tango neighborhood of Abasto (735 Jean Jaures Street) is the place to find some original scores, anthological pictures and lots of memories of Gardel. Most of its work was composed alongside José Razzano (in its youth) and Alfredo Le Pera (in its last years). This patrimony is the one Gardel House Museum is dedicated to rescue, preserve and exhibit.

Gardel started his career in 1911, after a musical challenge with Razzano, who became his partner for 15 years. Around 1915 he recorded for the first time his own compositions. Soon, he became the most important voice of tango and started some of the first sound films made in Argentina (with his face and voice as a trade mark). The world interest for tango music had Gardel touring around such different cities as Paris, New York or Montevideo.

His last years before his tragic death (in a plane crash in Colombia), he recorded some of its best songs such as: "Cuesta abajo", "Mi Buenos Aires querido" and "El día que me quieras", among others. Some of these great songs are what you will find in this particular exhibition. You can visit the Carlos Gardel House Museum on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11AM to 6PM, and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10AM to 7PM.

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