Orquesta Típica Victor was the house band of the Victor Talking Machine Co in Argentina. The band was initially formed in 1925 with pianist Adolfo Carabelli as artistic director. Típica Victor created more than 449 recordings until 1944 when the orquesta was disbanded. The exact number of recordings is hard to determine, because the band would often back a singer and the songs appeared under that singer’s name. Being created exclusively for recording purposes, the band never appeared in public, but they had a highly danceable style of music that we still dance to today.
Edgardo Donato is a well loved and well known Argentine tango orquesta leader. His earlier music is perfect for dancers of all levels. The strong rhythmic beat of his music is helpful for those first learning to dance tango . The inclusion of musical syncopation allows more experienced dancers a high degree of playfulness. Donato’s simultaneous use of rhythm and melody allows dancers with musicality to add contrast to the dance. By choosing to either dance rhythmically or melodically, dancers are able to add more variety. And for these reason, Edgardo Donato is a favorite among tango dancers.
Francisco Canaro was a prolific tango orquesta leader whose worked spanned decades. His music is most always played at milongas. Since his earlier music consists of a steady beat and predictable phrasing, it is ideal for beginner tango dancers. Here is a playlist to sample a few of Canaro’s songs.