Roberto Firpo – 1884








Roberto Firpo (May 10, 1884 – June 14, 1969)

Firpo was was a Tango pianist, composer and leader.  He was born in the Flores district of Buenos Aires, where his father owned a grocery store. Firpo left school at 15 to work with his father and then several other companies, he eventually saved 200 Pesos (around US$100, at the time) to buy his first piano.

Around 1903 he began to have lessons with one of the greats of the period, Alfredo Bevilacqua. In 1907 he began composing and performing.

During his career Firpo played in most of the famous Buenos Aires tango venues such as the Armenonville, El tambito, Palais de Glace, Bar Iglesias, L’Abbaye, Teatro Buenos Aires, Teatro Nacional, Salón San Martín and Colonia Italiana.

In 1930 he gave up his tango career for a short while to try his hand at cattle ranching, but he was forced to return to tango after floods decimated his stock and he lost the rest of his fortune on the stock market.  Firpo retired in 1959 and died on June 14, 1969.

It is estimated that Firpo made between 1,650 and 3,000 recordings in his career. He is considered one of the most conservative of the tango traditionalists but also one of the greatest and most prodigious of tango musicians and composers



Roberto Firpo Works

Title Genre Scores Lyric   ISWC info
Alma de bohemio tango Roberto Firpo Juan Andrés Caruso 1928   info
Aquellas farras => Argañaraz tango Roberto Firpo Enrique Cadícamo 1913   info
Argañaraz tango Roberto Firpo Enrique Cadícamo   T-037.000.169-6 info
Barógrafo   Roberto Firpo       info
Benguria tango Roberto Firpo       info
De Madrugada tango Roberto Firpo       info
De pura cepa tango Roberto Firpo       info
Didí tango Roberto Firpo       info
El ahorcado   Roberto Firpo   1930   info
El amanecer   Roberto Firpo       info
En el silencio de la noche   Roberto Firpo       info
Fuegos artificiales tango Eduardo Arolas, Roberto Firpo     T-037.001.352-7 info
Gloria Española pasodoble Roberto Firpo       info
Indio, sácale el pelo! tango Roberto Firpo       info
La canción del cabaret   Roberto Firpo       info
La Gaucha Manuela tango Roberto Firpo       info
La muchacha     Roberto Firpo     info
Lo que esta bien … Ta bien tango Roberto Firpo       info
Marejada tango Roberto Firpo Daniel López Barreto 1913 T-037.001.773-4 info
Noche de Farra tango Roberto Firpo       info
Noche de Frio vals Roberto Firpo       info
Noches de frio   Roberto Firpo Lito Bayardo     info
Poderoso pasodoble Roberto Firpo   1931   info
Reflejos de luna vals Roberto Firpo       info
Tallada tango Roberto Firpo       info
Vea vea   Roberto Firpo Carlos Waiss 1916   info






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