Years ago I went regularly to weekend house sales to buy what I needed to furnish an apartment in Buenos Aires. House sales and consignment shops are for bargain hunters. Yesterday I selected two sales since they were walking distance from one another. One was a house that is set for demolition and had sheet music on the list of items for sale. I went there to see if there were tango scores.
I waited about twenty minutes before I was permitted to enter the house. There on a table in the garage were piles of all types of piano sheet music. If one had to begin purchasing all this music for study, it would cost thousands of pesos. I began my search to see what I could find.
In one pile I soon found a handwritten note – tangos. I was pleased to find tangos that I knew. Some of the scores were originals, some were photocopies. That did not matter to me. I found one of my favorites — Dejame! …No quiero verte más. I like to read and study the music while listening to recordings. I paid ten pesos for about twenty tango scores.
Today I looked over the scores and wanted to know more about one of them— Las cuarenta by Roberto Grela and Francisco Gorrindo. I went to Todo Tango and found a biography of Roberto Grela. He played a special role in bringing out the best in Aníbal Troilo. The site also has a recording of Las cuarenta with a photo of the score.
One thing leads to another in the study of tango.