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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 151-170 of 170 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-083911 10-in. 7/5/1948 El choclo Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-083912 10-in. 7/5/1948 El raje Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, composer  
Victor BAVE-091281 10-in. 4/6/1949 Caña Armando Labordé ; Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BAVE-091282 10-in. 4/6/1949 Delfino Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-091283 10-in. 6/4/1949 La payanca Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-091470 10-in. 11/24/1949 Rey del triunfo Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumenal ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-091472 12-in. 11/24/1949 Don Pacifico Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-091473 10-in. 11/24/1949 Amarga sospecha Armando Labordé ; Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BAVE-093581 10-in. 5/5/1950 Canaro en Paris Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-093680 10-in. 5/5/1950 El internado Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-093703 10-in. 5/15/1950 La parrillada Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-093704 10-in. 5/15/1950 Pituca Alberto Echagüe ; Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BAVE-093706 10-in. 5/15/1950 Nueve de julio Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-093890 10-in. 9/28/1950 Tucuman Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-093890 10-in. 9/28/1950 Tucumán Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-094371 10-in. 9/12/1951 La puñalada Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-094377 10-in. 9/14/1951 El irresistible Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Victor BAVE-094378 10-in. 9/14/1951 Pampa Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone 0A12510 10-in. 9/30/1938 Lunes Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble leader  
Gramophone S-094462 10-in. 12/27/1951 De vuelta Alberto Echagüe ; Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
(Results 151-170 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.

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

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