Gaetano Grossi

Real name: Grossi, Gaetano
Violoncellist, bandleader and composer
(1860 - n/d)
Place of birth:
Mantua (Mantua) Italy

f Lombard origin, he was born in Mantua, Italy. He studied at the Music Conservatory of Milan and graduated in 1880.

He was musician in the Teatro Alla Scala of that city for six years and in 1886 he made a tour which ended up in Chile where he conducted the ballet of the Teatro Municipal of Santiago and also the one of Valparaiso. Finally he arrived in Buenos Aires where he settled.

Even though his career in tango was not long and, even less, on a permanent basis, we own several of his sheet music copies with, in some cases, quite suggestive titles of pieces that were recorded and spread by bands and rondallas of that time.
s from 1902 he composed a series of numbered tangos especially written for the carnival balls of the Teatro Politeama. This old venue was opened in 1879 and was used until 1958 when it was demolished.

Among his pieces we can mention: "Acollarao", "A mí la piolita", "Avanti a venti", "Compadrito", "Che Antonio, cerrá el cajón", "Che qué corte", "Lambete que estás de huevo", "La Geisha", "Para muestra basta un botón", "Politeama Argentino", "¡Qué dichosa!", "Si te perdés, chiflame" (tangos); "Hasta los viejos se alegran" (ranchera). He also orchestrated the pericón "Por María" composed by Antonio Domingo Podestá.

He was teacher in Rosario, Santa Fe, at the Conservatorio Martinoli-Donizetti. He wrote transcriptions for piano of the main works composed by Verdi, Puccini and Leoncavallo. He is author of the "L'último bacio" (The Last Kiss), a one-act operatic drama which was successfully performed in 1906 in Rosario; "Sansone e Dalila", "Le due statue", comic operettas written for the Cavalli company. He published a "Canone all'ottava" and "Minuetto classico", dedicated to professor Ferruccio Cattelani, and a great number of compositions for piano, violin and stringed instruments.

Lastly, an interesting information: Grossi taught music theory and music reading to our dear friend, the bandoneon player Gabriel Clausi, aka El Chula.