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|
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.
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