Pascual Cardaropoli

Real name: Cardaropoli, Pasquale
Pianist and composer
(7 July 1881 - n/d)
Place of birth:
San Giorgio (Sicilia) Italy
Ricardo García Blaya

his singular musician, born in San Giorgio (Sicily, Italy), is a faithful example of the Guardia Vieja (Old Trend).

His name began to be widely known with his tango “La sonámbula”, a classic of that time we are lucky to listen to, because it was recorded by Juan Maglio (Pacho), as the first bandoneon solo.

But “La sonámbula” was not his only tango which became popular, the other one was “Ojo clínico”, composed to thank his ophthalmologist, Dr. Rodríguez Barrios.

There are few pieces of information about this pianist, scarce data and with no chronological order. We know about his appearances at the so-called Bar Central, located on Avenida de Mayo and Tacuarí, where he would have premiered his tango.

He also appeared at the Confitería Italiana, with Raimundo Petillo (violin) and Pedro Polito (bandoneon).

He put together his own group for appearances at the Cabaret Maxim’s, on Suipacha Street.

He also appeared in Montevideo. There he had a trio that played at the Cabaret Pigall, with Genaro Nerón Domínguez (bandoneon) and Federico Lafemina (violin). Later, in this group, Juan Canaro replaced Domínguez.

Cardarópoli, was Juan Canaro’s true teacher. He taught him music reading and theory.

He joined, also in Montevideo, the Típica Minotto which, in fact, was a quintet with Pascual Cardarópoli (piano), Juan José Castellanos, Juan Tróccoli (violins) and Antonio Miranda (drums). Marcos Olmedo, Ernesto Maurnini and Miguel A. Ossi also played in this group on different occasions.

He played with several important tango figures: Pedro Maffia, Manuel Pizarro, Roberto Firpo and, together with Rafael Tuegols, was part of the Eduardo Arolas orchestra in the Armenonville. At that venue, without his father’s consent, the teenager Julio De Caro played there.

Lastly, the guitarist and pianist Domingo Greco composed the tango “De raza”, which he dedicated to Domingo Petillo and Pascual Cardaropoli.