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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 the 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 (King of the Beat), from Príncipe Cubano, at the Florida cabaret when he was replacing Osvaldo Fresedo. 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 December 14, 1900 (Buenos Aires), Died January 14, 1976 (Buenos Aires)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935 - 1954

Roles Represented in DAHR: leader, composer, songwriter

= Recordings are available for online listening.
= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 170 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-93257 10-in. 8/5/1936 or 8/6/1936 Inolvidable Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93312 10-in. between 8/12/1936 and 9/3/1936 Rawson Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93313 10-in. 9/3/1936 Amor y celo Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93348 10-in. 9/29/1936 Don Juan Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93349 10-in. 9/29/1936 Lagrimas y sonrisas Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93382 10-in. 10/27/1936 Comme il faut Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93383 10-in. 10/27/1936 Una lagrima Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93412 10-in. 11/27/1936 Ataniche Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93413 10-in. 11/27/1936 Corazón de artista Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93448 10-in. 12/30/1936 La viruta Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93449 10-in. 12/30/1936 Visión celeste Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93484 10-in. 1/21/1937 Fachimo la polquita Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93485 10-in. 1/21/1937 El baqueano Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93536 10-in. 3/5/1937 Qué noche Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93537 10-in. 3/5/1937 Alma dolorida Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93548 10-in. 4/1/1937 El apronte Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93549 10-in. 4/1/1937 Mentías Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93586 10-in. 4/27/1937 Homero Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93587 10-in. 4/27/1937 La puñalada Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93759 10-in. 6/2/1937 El cachafaz Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93760 10-in. 6/2/1937 Amelia Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93793 10-in. 7/2/1937 La rosarina Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93794 10-in. 7/2/1937 Pasión Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93831 10-in. 7/26/1937 El choclo Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-93832 10-in. 7/26/1937 Valsecito criollo Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
(Results 26-50 of 170 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "D'Arienzo, Juan," accessed April 22, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111782.

D'Arienzo, Juan. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 22, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111782.

"D'Arienzo, Juan." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 22 April 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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