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Following up of the fact that today is working woman day, we wanted to release the Cádiz character section and we have not thought of a better choice than her, Eloísa María Dolores Juana de la Santísima Trinidad D’Herbil de Silva.

Perhaps many people do not know who we are talking about and, of course, it can not be due to the fact that they are not a relevant person, although unjustly left in oblivion by the land that saw them being born.

Daughter of the baron of Saint Thomas, Joseph d’Herbil, Eloísa was born in Cádiz in 1842. From an early age, she already demonstrated her mastery of the piano. He received classes from famed pianist Franz Liszt, who claimed that the little girl played Chopin’s pieces in the same way as the pianist. That is why he was nicknamed as the “Chopin with skirts”. Being young he still lived in Cuba, where some authors have mistakenly placed his birth. There he received classes from the American pianist Louis Moureau Gottschalk.

Source: New York Public Library

The Spanish chronicles of the time, such as La Gaceta Musical, La Época or El Nacional, highlight the prodigy of the funny girl when playing the piano. She gave concerts before Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, with only eight years; at the Teatro Real de Madrid and before Her Majesty Isabel II of Spain.

According to “La Gaceta Musical”, Her Majesty the Queen has deigned to present the interesting girl and famous pianist, Eloísa D’Herbil, with a magnificent dressing, consisting of a breast pin and a pair of earrings of diamonds and pearls large, set with exquisite taste.

Even the foreign press praises in praise the child prodigy, as it is collected in La España Artística (July 5, 1858) The London newspapers publish the highest praises of our distinguished compatriot the girl Eloisa d’Herbil, who has presented herself to perform the most difficult pieces of her repertoire in some concerts. It’s nice for us the welcome that this young artist gets in all the foreign capitals where it is presented, and it is not less the news we have received of his coming back to Spain, where as always, he will receive the just ovations that her merit conquers.

Source: Digital newspaper library (National Library of Spain)

Some years later, Eloísa began to compose. Later she emigrated to Buenos Aires, where she met her later husband, the Uruguayan Federico de Silva and Barboza, for which she is also known as Eloísa D. Silva. Is in Buenos Aires, in 1872, during a concert at the Teatro Colón, where he presented his habanera “Vente a Buenos Aires”. From then on he composed other tangos, such as “Que sí que no”, “Yo soy la rubia”, “Che no calotíes” and “Por la calle de Arenales”, among many others.

Throughout her artistic career, she composes more than a hundred pieces and is considered the first tango composer. Casi ná! She spent much of her life in Argentina (where she is known as the baroness of tango.) Until 1943, when she died at 101 years of age.

Unfortunately, the information that has remained of such a great composer is very scarce.

We leave a link to your piece “Que sí que no”.

Que sí, que no
que sí será.
Cuanto te canto,
te canto, te canto,
para verdad.
Que no, que sí
que sí, que no,
si vos mentís mucho,
que mucho, que mucho más
miento yo.
Y unos afilando
y otros desfilando
se afilan, se afilan,
la piedra rodando, rodando que afila,
que afila,
tú serás que es un primor.
Y ellos y ellas
cortando, pinchando,
se afilan, se afilan,
que sí, que no.
Y al fin todos
cantan la piedra rodando,
si vos mentís mucho,
más miento yo

Que si que no -Eloisa D’Herbil-
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