María Luisa Carnelli

María Luisa Carnelli (31 January 1898 - Buenos Aires, 4 May 1987) was an Argentine writer, poet, and journalist. Carnelli was known for her tango lyrics.

Carnelli was born in La Plata on 31 January 1898, a half block from the Paseo del Bosque city park. She was one of ten children of Julia Serna and Enrique Carnelli. Her brothers listened to tango, but secretly as the parents opposed it. Carnelli adopted a leftist ideology. She married very young, had a son, but soon separated from her husband. She settled in Buenos Aires and earned a living as a journalist. Her articles were published in newspapers and magazines of the time: Crítica, Noticias Gráficas, Clarín, La Nación, El Hogar, Caras y Caretas, Fray Mocho, Atlántida, as well as others. She published her first book of poetry, Versos de mujer, in 1922 at the age of 24, and two years later, published a second on, Rama frágil.

Birth and Death Data: Born January 31st, 1898 (La Plata), Died May 4th, 1987 (Buenos Aires)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1928 - 1932

Roles Represented in DAHR: lyricist

Notes: She is also known by pseudonyms, Luis Mario and Mario Castro.


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BAVE-44005 10-in. Spring 1928 El malevo Rosita Quiroga Female vocal solo, with guitars lyricist  
Victor BAVE-66681 10-in. 4/5/1932 Quiero papita Alberto Gómez ; Orquesta Típica Victor Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble lyricist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Carnelli, María Luisa," accessed October 28, 2020,

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"Carnelli, María Luisa." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 28 October 2020.

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