Horacio Ferrer

his musician born in the province of San Juan studied piano with Vicente Scaramuzza and harmony and composition with Pedro Aguilar.

In 1944 he brought to light his first tango “Ninguno de los dos”. When Osmar Maderna tragically died in 1951 he replaced him in the aggregation which was then named Orquesta Símbolo Osmar Maderna and was led by Aquiles Roggero and he played in a piano style similar to the one of the late pianist.

During his tenure in that outfit he was also arranger and released two tangos of «Madernian» influence: “Matizando” and “Notas para el cielo”.

Thereafter he teamed up with the singers Roberto Florio and Jorge Durán who summoned him to lead the backing orchestra. In it he was player, conductor and arranger and evidenced his capacity not only in the numbers with vocals but also in the instrumentals like: “Pablo” and “Negro viejo” —the latter number belonged to his own repertoire— which were recorded for RCA Victor.

When the Miguel Caló Orchestra was reorganized with members of previous times that included Raúl Berón, Enrique Francini, Armando Pontier, Domingo Federico and Alberto Podestá, he was called to appear as pianist. On that occasion he presented another instrumental tango for orchestra that he entitled “A Osmar Maderna”.

He accompanied María de la Fuente. Later in 1963 he joined as featured soloist the Pen Tango quintet led by the bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi and also the quartet led by Reynaldo Nichele. With the latter he recorded for the Microfón label.

Later with Luis Stazo he put together Los Siete del Tango in which he appeared as soloist, arranger and co-leader. He has appeared and recorded with his own aggregation and since 1977, with Leopoldo Federico and Fernando Cabarcos. With this trio they made tours of the interior of the country and the vocalist was Guillermo Galvé.

He also composed the instrumental tangos: “A paso firme”, “Argentino Galván” with Stazo, “Nadine”, “Entre dos” and “Tema concertante”, “Trampolín” with lyrics by Leopoldo Díaz Vélez, “Barriada de mi ciudad” and “Brillan las luces de mi ciudad”, both in collaboration with Alberto Podestá and Salvador Monte and lyrics by Roberto Lambertucci. He also composed “Sonatinas de música nacional”.

In the eighties he was member of the staff orchestra of the Café Homero which also included Néstor Marconi, Osvaldo Tarantino and the bass player Ángel Ridolfi. There they accompanied Roberto Goyeneche, Ángel Díaz and Rubén Juárez.

In 1982 he accompanied Rosanna Falasca in her two last recordings for Polydor.

He was piano teacher of the Escuela de Música Popular de Avellaneda and was conductor of the tango orchestra of the institution.

In 1988 he was member of the Néstor Marconi’s octet that traveled to Japan. Other members of the group were: Reynaldo Nichele, Daniel Binelli, Mauricio Marcelli and the singers Nelly Vázquez and Roberto Goyeneche. Due to the great acclaim they reached they had to return in 1991.

He died at age sixty-eight when he was still young. The Melopea label published in 1999 as homage a compact disc with unreleased recordings of the maestro. We remember him with this modest portrayal.

Based on El libro del tango, Antonio Tersol editor, with notes by Todo Tango's editor staff.