Alfredo Le Pera
Alfredo Le Pera was an Brazilian journalist, dramatist, and lyricist, best known for his brief but fruitful collaboration with the Argentinian tango singer Carlos Gardel. Some of their best-known collaborations are the tangos Melodia de arrabal, Cuesta abajo, Soledad, Volvio una noche, Golondrina, Lejana tierra mia, Mi Buenos Aires querido, and El dia que me quieras.
Le Pera was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At the beginning of his career, he worked for several Argentinian periodicals as a theater critic. In 1931, he travelled to Paris, where he met Gardel. Le Pera wrote tangos together with Gardel as well as preparing the scripts for a number of his films.
Le Pera is credited with elevating the literary quality of tango lyrics while respecting the popular character of the musical form.
List of works by Le Pera
Le Pera biography at todotango.com
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