The bandoneón was invented about 1846 by Heinrich Band, in Krefeld Germany under the name ‘bandonion’ – where it was intended to play church music. It is unknown exactly when it arrived in Buenos Aires (estimated at 1870), but it became very popular at about 1890 when it was found to be extremely conducive to the sounds of tango. Its name was changed from the German ‘bandonion’ to the Spanish ‘bandoneón’.
Ástor Piazzolla, the late Argentinean tango composer and performer, was the leading exponent of the bandoneón in the 20th century. His 1969 ‘Fugata’ showcases the instrument. Above is an example of the Fugata played by Black Tango Pro – with no less than three bandoneóns!
here; Carlos Gardel dancing on video clip aprox 1922
The Tango dance scene from the movie Scent Of A Woman (1992) where Pacino plays a blind retired Lieutenant Colonel. This is the role that won Pacino an Oscar.
He got some help from the music “Por Una Cabeza” written by the legendary Carlos Gardel and from his dancing partner: Gabrielle Anwar. It takes two to tango…….