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Pedro Maffia

Pedro Mario Maffia (August 28, 1899 – October 16, 1967) was an Argentine tango bandoneonist, bandleader, composer and teacher, as well as starring in several tango films.

Maffia had a hard upbringing, he was beaten with a chain by his father and lived in dire poverty. He eventually ran away from home to live in the town of Punta Alta in Buenos Aires Province, where he was discovered by Carlos Gardel and José Razzano.

Maffia is remembered as a pioneer of the bandoneon and a great stylist. He was one of the first to play the instrument a cappella. He had a relaxed playing style and an inventiveness for misplaced accents and nuances.

Maffia starred in a number of tango films including ¡Tango! (1933), Canillita (1936) and Fueye querido (1966). He also worked as a music teacher, and wrote an important method of teaching the bandoneon.

The bandoneonist Aníbal Troilo dedicated a song to him entitled A Pedro Maffia.

Birth and Death Data: Born August 28th, 1899 (Buenos Aires), Died Buenos Aires

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, bandoneón, leader

Notes: Brother of bandoneon player and composer Angel Maffia. Often listed on Victor disc labels as "P. M. Maffia."

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 33 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-37661 10-in. 2/3/1927 ¿Por qué no has venido? Juan Pulido Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-43368 10-in. 3/16/1928 Noche de Reyes Juan Pulido Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-44192 10-in. Summer 1928 Amarguras Orquesta Típica de Caro Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor 65783 10-in. 6/23/1933 Ventarron Lely Morel Female vocal solo composer  
Victor BAVE-74053 10-in. 3/13/1933 Ventarrón Alberto Gómez ; Orquesta Típica Victor Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-74062 10-in. 3/13/1933 Ventarrón Alberto Gómez ; Orquesta Típica Victor Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BAVE-86667 10-in. 10/4/1934 Juan Manuel Félix Gutiérrez ; Orquesta Típica Pedro Maffia Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader  
Victor BAVE-86668 10-in. 10/4/1934 A través de los años Félix Gutiérrez ; Orquesta Típica Pedro Maffia Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo leader, composer  
Victor BAVE-93914 10-in. 9/24/1937 Abandono Orquesta Típica Pedro Laurenz Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BAVE-93993 10-in. between 11/23/1937 and 11/29/1937 Abandono Alberto Gómez Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BA-442 10-in. 11/12/1923 Hasta cuándo Orquesta Típica Fresedo Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BA-621 10-in. 6/25/1925 Julián Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BA-622 10-in. 6/25/1925 Buen amigo Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BA-704 10-in. 11/12/1925 Sonsa Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BA-705 10-in. 11/12/1925 Titina Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BAVE-870 10-in. Summer 1926 La cumparsita Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BAVE-871 10-in. Summer 1926 Pura maña Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón, composer  
Victor BAVE-998 10-in. Winter 1927 Sentencia Orquesta Típica de Caro Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-1014 10-in. Fall 1926 Negro Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BAVE-1015 10-in. Fall 1926 Pato Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BAVE-1016 10-in. Winter 1927 Mocosita Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BAVE-1017 10-in. Winter 1927 Allá en el bajo Pedro Laurenz ; Pedro Maffia Bandoneón duet instrumentalist, bandoneón  
Victor BAVE-1415 10-in. Summer 1927 Amurado Agustín Magaldi Male vocal solo, with guitars composer  
Victor BAVE-1421 10-in. Fall 1927 Amurado Orquesta Típica de Caro Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-1620 10-in. Winter 1928 Bandoneón Rosita Quiroga Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
(Results 1-25 of 33 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Maffia, Pedro," accessed October 26, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112414.

Maffia, Pedro. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112414.

"Maffia, Pedro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 26 October 2020.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112414

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