Eduardo Giorlandini

Real name: Giorlandini, Eduardo
Poet, lyricist and writer
(29 November 1935 - 9 January 2016)
Place of birth:
Bahía Blanca (Buenos Aires) Argentina
José Valle

e was born in the city of Bahía Blanca (province of Buenos Aires) and, even though he is a man of letters, he is also lawyer, university professor, lecturer and member of the Academia Porteña del Lunfardo.

His devotion for tango and lunfardo language makes him one of the most renowned specialists on the subject and, precisely, in the analysis and review of the lyrics of the genre and their metaphors.

He wrote a great number of books about subjects concerning his profession, especially labor law, labor education, economy and labor laws, Mercosur, cooperative enterprises, among others.

Likewise it is very interesting his oeuvre about history and politics, for example: El Frontón, El pensamiento fundamental de Ricardo Lavalle, Movimiento de Reforma Universitaria de 1918, Perfil del Desarrollo Argentino, Ricardo Balbín, el Radicalismo y la República and Luis León, el Movimiento de Afirmación Yrigoyenista y la Unión Cívica Radical.

But in this portrayal we want to highlight his quality as essayist and researcher in tango and lunfardo and, as such, we stand out some of his books: Runfla lunfarda, Los bondis, Por la huella del lunfardo, Gotanfalun, Tango y folklore, Aquellos troesmas del tango, Tango y humor and Letras de tango y cronología de las raíces tangueras (Tango lyrics and chronology of tango roots).

As a tango wordsmith, his top number is, undoubtedly, the tango “Aguja brava” with music by Edmundo Rivero which the latter recorded in 1967 with a guitar group accompaniment.

Other numbers of his are: “La pucha que lo tiró”, “Por seguidor y compadre”, “La niña morena”, “Por una esperanza”, “Villa Mitre”, “Amigo son tus soles”, “Hermano sur”, “Navidad”, “Gorrión”, “Broncha debute” and “Me queda el tango”. He is also author of the milonga “Numerero”, recorded by the group La Puñalada with Germán Arens on vocals.

In his work as journalist he wrote over three hundred articles in which he approached scientific matters, and presented essays and a large number of chronicles. He is as well author of popular songs and columnist of different radio programs in Bahía Blanca and on national broadcastings.

Some special words deserve his work in education. Giorlandini is, mainly, the teacher that always will lead his student to extremes, placing his mind in conflict, in order to temper it like a hammer does it with a sword against the blacksmith’s anvil. He will feel all the pains: his own and the ones of his disciple and he will be present in so many ways as would be necessary to make his pupil improve.

Not any individual can be a teacher. The true teacher can make easier our burden and teach us, above all, how to be free. And, when the time comes, when the student grows up, he possibly will forsake him —even physically— to let him go to live his own life.

Don Eduardo daily walks along the Bahía Blanca streets. That is his place in the world and wherever he randomly stops he is welcomed with respect and joy.

He is a beloved and honorable being, a great guy. One of those gentlemen of yesterday whom we no longer find. He is pleasant, formal, wise, with a great sense of humor and a look full of elegance and class. He shows an extraordinary humility and he is always in a good mood.

He is one of those men that everybody would like to have as his friend. I have the privilege of being honored with his friendship and, as the reader must have realized, I admire him with all my heart and brain.

Director’s note: On July 8, 2011 I met Pedro Giorlandini at the Clásica y Moderna venue on Callao Avenue. On that occasion this excellent pianist was showcased by accompanying the female singer Mimí Kozlowski in a duo with the guitarist Juan Martínez. When he introduced himself he told me: «Do you know “Aguja brava”?... my father wrote it».