If „La Cumparsita” was not composed some fifteen years later we would consider today “El Choclo” as the most popular Argentine tango in the world.
Created in the very beginning of the XX century by the Argentine composer and lyricist, Angel Villoldo (1861-1919), had many instrumental and vocal versions throughout all the time of its popularity and quite early found the way to other countries of the world.
In the video, the European rendition of the tango, recorded 1913 in Berlin by the “Palais de danse” orchestra directed by Giorgi Vintilescu which is preceded by the piano intro played by the author of the video according to the very early Polish sheet-music edition of “El Choclo”.
The record is played twice, first time as a background for the scenes taken from the early 1914 Russian silent film “Children of a Big City” and the second time for the sake of the record itself and the music registered on that disc.
It may be surprising how the steps and poses presented in the film fit the music played on the record, although these two undertakings were made far away from each other and on totally different occasions.
Present fans and devotees of the tango genre may find it interesting, and it is hope of the author that it will happen, to trace the couple in the film and to find out how much of their way of dancing may be called today still classic and what was left from those times for the present tango dancing practice as well as the theory.
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