The poster features over 900 musicians who make up the history of tango, from its origins back in 1870 up to the present day.
Every artist on the poster has their date and place of birth written on it, as well as their date of death and the instrument they played.
There is also a picture of the most famous of them. The poster has been designed as a family tree, with its "roots" representing the origins of tango and its top showing musicians who were still performing when it was completed (2010).
Data are reliable, and their sources have been checked. In our opinion, the most important musicians are present in this work and, although we do not believe we are the owners of the truth, since there can be different views, the names that were chosen to be part of this project resulted from painstaking and thorough research.
We expect this poster to be as much a decorative work as a reference source, for we are talking about the most emblematic and characteristic music genre of Argentina
This unprecedented work illustrates the history of tango. Tango, its dance and music, has progressed tremendously from its beginnings in 1870 to a worldwide recognized expression of art in the present day.
Tango's diverse origins stem from the "compadritos", typical characters of the late XIXth Century Buenos Aires, as well as the city's immigrants, mainly from Europe.
Though at first tango was an outcast language, as time went on it came to be widely accepted. By 1910, it attainted great popularity, landing successfully in Paris. Carlos Gardel singing â€śMi Noche Triste" (written by Pascual Contursi) in 1917 marks the beginning of tango, as it is known today. Until then, tango was played by a group of pioneer composers, in makeshift trios, known as â€śGuardia Viejaâ€ť. Julio de Caro Sextet represents a turning point, giving place to what was later called â€śGuardia Nuevaâ€ť: a movement where musicians would change the style of playing tango.
With the evolution of the â€śGuardia Nuevaâ€ť movement, harmony turned to be essential to tango, and thus the arrangers would become main players. The search for new sounds, combined with the ambition to increase musical knowledge, drove them to delve into the rich world of classical music.
From this melting pot of genres, a new era began for Tango, that of the â€śNuevo Tangoâ€ť. Astor Piazzolla best represents the new movement, also called â€śThe music of Buenos Airesâ€ť.These musicians have all left an imprint in the world of tango, and thus are all present in this work.
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