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Juan D'Arienzo

Juan d'Arienzo (December 14, 1900 – January 14, 1976) was an Argentine tango musician, also known as "El Rey del Compás" (King of the Beat). He was a violinist, band leader, and composer.

He was son of Italian immigrants and used more modern arrangements and instrumentation; his popular group produced hundreds of recordings.

His first memorable performance was in 1919 at the Nacional theater during the comic play by Alberto Novión, El cabaret Montmartre.

He received the nickname Rey del Compás (Rhythm King) at a Florida cabaret when he replaced Fresedo by Príncipe Cubano, because of the style he had. He said: "Mine was always a tough orchestra, with a very swinging, much nervous, vibrant beat. And it was that way because tango, for me, has three things: beat, impact and nuances. An orchestra ought to have, above all, life. That is why mine lasted more than fifty years. And when the Prince gave me that title I thought that it was OK, that he was right."

His music is played often at milongas in Buenos Aires.

His recordings were accompanied by singers: Alberto Echagüe, Armando Laborde, Héctor Maure, Jorge Valdez, Alberto Reynal, Antonio Prieto, Carlos Casares, Carlos Dante, Enrique Carbel, Francisco Fiorentino, Horacio Palma, Héctor Millán, Mario Bustos, Juan Carlos Lamas, Libertad Lamarque, Mercedes Serrano, Raquel Notar, Osvaldo Ramos, Roberto Lemos and Walter Cabral.

He recorded more than 1000 tangos, milongas and fast valses, wrote lyrics for 3 tangos, composed 46 tangos.

He is interred in the La Chacarita Cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1900 (Buenos Aires), Died 1976 (Buenos Aires)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1952

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 112 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-86874 10-in. 7/2/1935 Desde el alma Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-86875 10-in. 7/2/1935 Hotel Victoria Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-86930 10-in. 8/12/1935 Penas de amor Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-86931 10-in. 8/12/1935 Tinta verde Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-86948 10-in. 10/3/1935 Re, fa, si Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-86949 10-in. 10/3/1935 Francia Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93022 10-in. 11/18/1935 De pura cepa Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93023 10-in. 11/18/1935 Sabado ingles Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93040 10-in. 12/12/1935 Joaquina Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93041 10-in. 12/12/1935 Pabellon de las rosas Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93056 10-in. 12/31/1935 Orillas del plata Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93057 10-in. 12/31/1935 9 de Julio Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93074 10-in. 1/14/1936 La guitarrita Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93075 10-in. 1/14/1936 Silueta porteña Walter Cabral ; Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BAVE-93092 10-in. Between 1/31/1936 and 3/10/1936 Retintín Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93093 10-in. Between 1/31/1936 and 3/10/1936 Sueño florido Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93138 10-in. 4/3/1936 Un placer Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BAVE-93139 10-in. 4/3/1936 El flete Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93174 10-in. 5/8/1936 Tu olvido Walter Cabral ; Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BAVE-93175 10-in. May 1936 Lorenzo Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93194 10-in. 6/9/1936 Irene Walter Cabral ; Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BAVE-93195 10-in. 6/9/1936 La payanca Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93238 10-in. 7/3/1936 Don Esteban Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93239 10-in. 7/3/1936 No llores madre Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93256 10-in. 8/5/1936 El irresistible Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
(Results 1-25 of 112 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "D'Arienzo, Juan," accessed August 5, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111782.

D'Arienzo, Juan. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 5, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111782.

"D'Arienzo, Juan." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 5 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111782

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