Roberto Firpo

Roberto Firpo (May 10, 1884 – June 14, 1969) was an Argentine tango pianist, composer, and leader. Firpo was among the first innovators of the classic tango music genre. He was the creator of the standard tango sextet (Orquesta típica), and the establisher of the piano in the tango orchestra.

Firpo was born in the Flores district of Buenos Aires, where his father owned a grocery store. Firpo left school at 15 to work with his father and then several other companies, he eventually saved 200 Pesos (around US$100, at the time) to buy his first piano.

Around 1903 he began to have lessons with one of the greats of the period, Alfredo Bevilacqua. In 1907 he began composing and performing.

In 1913, at the age of 29, he formed his first orchestra that played the hits "Argañaraz", "Sentimiento criollo", "De pura cepa", and "Marejada" that year. In 1914 classic tango "Alma de bohemio" materialized and presented; one of his most admired work until today.

During his career Firpo played in most of the famous Buenos Aires tango venues such as the Armenonville, El tambito, Palais de Glace, Bar Iglesias, L’Abbaye, Teatro Buenos Aires, Teatro Nacional, Salón San Martín and Colonia Italiana. Many famous musicians passed through his various orchestras including the bandoneonist Pedro Maffia, the violinist Elvino Vardaro, Cayetano Puglisi, Juan Guido, Luis Cosenza and Carlos Garcia. His quartet was one of his most famous ensembles and he wrote many tangos.

He was one of the few tangueros to play in a cafe in Avenida de Mayo in Buenos Aires and he was the first person to play the tango La Cumparsita in the cafe La Giralda in Montevideo, Uruguay.

Firpo in 1930 gave up his tango career for a short while, to try his hand at cattle ranching, but he was forced to return to tango when the Paraná river's floods destroyed his livestock, and after that (trying to recover from the losses and trying his luck) he lost the rest of his fortune on the stock market.

Firpo retired in 1959 and died on June 14, 1969.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 10th, 1884 (Buenos Aires), Died June 14th, 1969

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1912 - 1941

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 52 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-44583 10-in. Summer 1929 Sueño florido Orquesta Típica Cayetano Puglisi Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-60993 10-in. Sept.-Oct.1931 Que salga el toro! Orquesta Adolfo Carabelli Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BS-82504 10-in. 5/9/1934 Alma de bohemio Hebe Marin Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BAVE-86736 10-in. Alma de bohemio Trio Ciriaco Ortiz Instrumental trio composer  
Victor BAVE-93093 10-in. Between 1/31/1936 and 3/10/1936 Sueño florido Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-93475 10-in. 1/12/1937 Marejada Orquesta Típica Victor Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-93548 10-in. 4/1/1937 El apronte Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-93586 10-in. 4/27/1937 Homero Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-93855 10-in. 8/14/1937 El amanecer Orquesta Típica Victor Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BA-727 10-in. Fall 1925 Alma de bohemio Orquesta Típica de Caro Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor G-1974 10-in. 5/8/1917 Lo que está bien ... tá bien! Orquesta Típica Alonso-Minotto Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor G-1976 10-in. 5/8/1917 El solitario Orquesta Típica Alonso-Minotto Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor G-1977 10-in. 5/8/1917 Sueño florido Orquesta Típica Alonso-Minotto Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor G-1979 10-in. 5/8/1917 Alma gaucha Orquesta Típica Alonso-Minotto Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor G-1980 10-in. 5/8/1917 Que salga el toro Orquesta Típica Alonso-Minotto Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor G-1981 10-in. 5/8/1917 En el desierto Orquesta Típica Alonso-Minotto Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor G-1982 10-in. 5/8/1917 Homero Orquesta Típica Alonso-Minotto Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor G-1984 10-in. 5/8/1917 El horizonte Orquesta Típica Alonso-Minotto Instrumental quartet composer  
Victor BAVE-012192 10-in. 4/12/1938 El horizonte Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-039644 10-in. 11/18/1940 Argañaraz Orquesta Típica Los Indios ; Ricardo Tanturi Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-039702 10-in. before 3/18/1941 Viviani Orquesta Típica Carlos Di Sarli Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-039816 10-in. 2/26/1941 Fuegos artificiales Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 56796 10-in. approximately 1912 La chola Orquesta Típica Juan Maglio ("Pacho") Instrumental EnsembleInstrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 56810 10-in. between 1920 and 1923 La gaucha Manuela Orquesta Típica Juan Maglio ("Pacho") Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia 57166 10-in. approximately 1912 La despedida Genaro Espósito ; Orquesta Típica de Genaro Espósito Instrumental ensemble composer  
(Results 26-50 of 52 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Firpo, Roberto," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111106.

Firpo, Roberto. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111106.

"Firpo, Roberto." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.

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