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.
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Birth and Death Data: Born August 28, 1899 (Buenos Aires), Died October 16, 1967 (Buenos Aires)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1923 - 1941
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, leader, bandoneón
Notes: Brother of bandoneon player and composer Angel Maffia. Often listed on Victor disc labels as "P. M. Maffia."
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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.
Recordings (Results 51-56 of 56 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Brunswick||BA795||10-in.||1930||Llorando la carta||Orquesta Típica Pedro Maffia||Instrumental ensemble||leader|
|Brunswick||B14113||10-in.||10/4/1933||Berretines||El Tango Romantico||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Brunswick||B14186||10-in.||10/20/1933||Cuando el mundo te arrincone : Tango canción||Orquesta Típica Don Alberto||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Odeon||Ki 6915||10-in.||approximately 1934||Taconeando||Carlos Gardel||Male vocal solo, with guitars||composer|
|Columbia (U.K.)||L26||10-in.||between May 1923 and December 1925||La preciosa||Orchestre Tano Genaro||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
|Columbia (U.K.)||L38||10-in.||between May 1923 and December 1925||Pobre gallo bataraz||Orchestre Tano Genaro||Instrumental ensemble||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Maffia, Pedro," accessed May 28, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112414.
Maffia, Pedro. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 28, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/112414.
"Maffia, Pedro." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 28 May 2023.
DAHR Persistent Identifier
Wikipedia: Pedro Maffia
Discogs: Pedro Maffia
Linked Open Data Sources
LCNAR: Maffia, Pedro, 1899-1967 - http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2004050936
Wikidata: Pedro Maffia - http://www.wikidata.org/entity/Q369514
MusicBrainz: Pedro Maffia - https://musicbrainz.org/artist/0c7e5e60-7db8-4fa9-beea-ea7dc197ddde
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