JULIO SOSA

In October 1962, the singer Julio Sosa criticized, while passing through our city, the music of Astor Piazzolla, assuring that what the latter was doing “was not tango.” At 36 years of age, Julio Sosa, “el Varón del Tango”, was the most successful singer of his time and one of the great summoners of crowds. That month he arrived in our city hired by LU2 radio Bahía Blanca, where he performed for two days at his Fonoplatea on Calle Sarmiento 64. He also sang at the Olimpo and Almafuerte clubs, in all cases accompanied by the Leopoldo Federico orchestra. It was when he was interviewed by this newspaper that the singer born in Piedras, Uruguay, joined the controversy generated by the music of Astor Piazzolla. Fifty years ago, in October 1962, the singer Julio Sosa criticised, while passing through our city, the music of Astor Piazzolla, assuring that what the latter was doing “was not tango.” Julio Sosa

“I do not share what Piazzolla conceives as tango,” said Sosa, assuring that the proposal of the Mar del Plata was not avant-garde tango either. “Art is emotion; where there is no emotion there is no art,” he added. He later explained that tango is “humanity, simplicity and the language of the people.” In that sense, he assured that Piazzolla’s proposal was “lame music, oriented towards the twelve-tone”. “I am more moved by the two notes that Pichuco (Troilo) places than the 1,700 by Piazzolla”. Sosa did not deny Piazzolla as a “creator”, but he compared him to the painters Picasso and Dalí, “who are also creators and nobody understands them.” Finally, he explained that modern tango could be done without distorting the genre. “The avant-garde is not tango. Therefore, Piazzolla’s is not either,” he concluded. Julio Sosa and Astor Piazzolla, two legends at odds.

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