: Aníbal Carmelo Troilo
: composer, director, Bandoneón player
: 1914 - 1975
- Born in Argentina, Troilo is amongst the most popular of tango musicians
- Troilo fell in love with the Bandoneón when he heard it at cafes, and was 10 when he got his first instrument - he played that Bandoneón almost all his life
- Troilo's bandoneón is widely considered one of the best ever - a mastery of expression
- In 1925 he started his career (at age 11) on a stage at a market
- At 14 he formed a quintet
- In 1930 he played bandoneón in the Vardaro-Pugliese sextet, and also later in the bands of Julio De Caro, Angel D´Agostino (see above) and others
- He formed his own orchestra in 1937
- In the 1940s Troilo became very successful
- He was responsible for what was termed 'The Troilo Sound' - a very rick and distinctive sound that juxtaposed staccato and legato figures
- Troilo's orchestra, Orquesta Tipica was amongst the most preferred by dancers during the Golden Age of tango - his orchestra is well known for its instrumentals
- Troilo is famous for knowing how to choose the best orchestra players to achieve the best sound
- His sound changed to concert sound around the late 1950s
- Troilo's instrumentals and recordings with Francisco Fiorentino are a favorite for modern milongas
- He often played bent forward, with eyes closed (his double chin hanging)
- He once said: 'It is said that I am very often moved and that I cry. Yes, it is true. But I never do these things for trivial reasons.'
- He died in May 1975, renown for being a great band director, composer and brilliant bandoneonist - he recorded a massive 485 sides!
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