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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 October 16th, 1967 (Buenos Aires)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1941

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 26-38 of 38 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-1634 10-in. Winter 1928 Bandoneón Orquesta Típica Julio Pollero Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-012144 10-in. 3/23/1938 La mariposa Orquesta Típica Juan D'Arienzo Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-039168 10-in. between 12/22/1939 and 1/25/1940 La mariposa Hugo del Carril ; Orquesta Tito Ribero Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BAVE-039631 10-in. 11/13/1940 No aflojes Orquesta Típica Angel d'Agostino ; Angel Vargas Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BAVE-039853 10-in. 4/16/1941 Te aconsejo que me olvides Francisco Fiorentino ; Orquesta Típica Anibal Troilo Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W95636 10-in. approximately 1927 ¿Porque no has venido? Pilar Arcos Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia W96508 10-in. May 1928 La noche de reyes Joseph M. Lacalle ; Orquesta del Maestro Lacalle Instrumental ensemble composer  
OKeh W401302 10-in. 11/9/1928 Noche de Reyes Alberto Infantas Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick E27824 10-in. 7/3/1928 Noche de reyes Orquesta Típica [Louis Katzman] Jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E27827 10-in. 7/3/1928 Noches de reyes Pilar Arcos Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band composer  
Brunswick E30118 10-in. 6/19/1929 Bandoneón Genaro Veiga Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Brunswick E30824 10-in. 9/30/1929 Te aconsejo que me olvides Orquesta Típica Osvaldo Fresedo ; Genaro Veiga Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Odeon Ki 6915 10-in. approximately 1934 Taconeando Carlos Gardel Male vocal solo, with guitars composer  
(Results 26-38 of 38 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Maffia, Pedro," accessed April 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112414.

Maffia, Pedro. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved April 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112414.

"Maffia, Pedro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 23 April 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

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

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