Julio De Caro


Musician, violinist, orchestra leader, and composer (11.12.1899 – 01.03.1980)



Julio De Caro was born in Buenos Aires in a big family with Italian roots; he was the second out of twelve children. His father (the director of the conservatory in theatre Scala de Milano) wanted his sons Julio and Francisco to get a university degree as well as have knowledge about music; he designated violin to Francisco and piano to Julio. However, boys have switched their instruments and devoted themselves to tango, which destroyed their father’s dreams and broke up from family.

In 1924, Julio had recorded Todo Corazón and Pobre Margot , and that initiated a new tango style for which was believed that was at the same instrumental level as Carlos Gardel's style at vocal level.

In 30 years, Julio recorded about 420 tango compositions. After the experiments with percussion and different effects, he returned to his origins. But, at the peek of tango music, he backed up, and didn't record anything for almost five years. After that, from 1949 to 1953, he recorded 38 tango compositions for Odeon; that was his opportunity to improve his old compositions as well to create new ones.

De Caro’s importance for tango has been expressed by Astor Piazzolla that - in respect to the great tango artist – recorded the virtuous tango Decarisimo. From the enormous opus of the tango genius, most known compositions are: Boedo and Tierra querida (with typical De Caro’s style), El Arranque,Mala Junta,El Monito,Moulin Rouge, Todo Corazon etc.

The 11th of December, the day when Carlos Gardel and Julio De Caro were born, became the International Day of Tango.

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