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Music

Os Tanguistas

02:59
Maguinha
03/31/2016
Magda Machado

Story

Poem written in 1998, at the sound of El Dia en Que Me Quieras, of Carlos Gardel, with the Berlin Symphonic, conducted by Daniel Beremboin. Poem set to music in 2007, in Miami. I have always loved the tango, and the music of Astor Piazzolla haunted me since I heard him decades ago. I met Alexis Alrich after her performance for the Hong Kong Chamber Music Society at the Hong Kong Club. She played her beautiful compositions and two tangos of Piazzolla. I cried pretty much throughout the concert - it was that beautiful. A few months after that, intimidated and shy, I asked Christine Nigam to approach her for me, as I was determined to have her play Os Tanguistas with me. William Lane of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble joined us with the rich telluric tones of his virtuoso viola playing, as did Sam Ferrer, the outstanding double-bassist of the Hong Kong Phillharmonic. Acordeon by Caetano Bartholo was added in Brasilia, as well as percussion by Macaxeira Acioli. Parts and arrangement by Alexis Alrich in Hong Kong, and by Dudu Maia in Brasilia. Recorded in 2014.

Lyrics

Os tanguistas são donos da tristeza.
Quero entrar onde habitam
Quero lembrar por que a paixão
Dilera os amantes

A dor de amar
Pode abrir uma ferida
Que nada nem ninguem
Vai conseguir sarar

Quando esta musica
Doida, doída, me lembrar
Do amor que eu tinha
Me virá a dor

Toda a dor do mundo
Que é só minha
Tango players are the owners of sadness.
I want to go into their homes
I want to remember why it is that passion
Lacerates lovers

Translation:

The pain of loving
May open a wound
That nothing and no one
Can ever heal

When this crazy achy
Music reminds me
Of the love I used to have
The pain will come

All the pain of this world
Which I bear alone
 

Maguinha - vocals, Alexis Alrich - piano, William Lane - viola, Caetano Bartholo - acordeon, Macaxeira Acioli - percussion. Parts and arrangement by Alexis Alrich

Poem written in 1998, at the sound of El Dia en Que Me Quieras, of Carlos Gardel, with the Berlin Symphonic, conducted by Daniel Beremboin.   Poem set to music in 2007, in Miami.
Hong Kong and Brasilia, 2014