Rie Payaso is a wonderfully exciting tango. It's both playful and upbeat, but as so often in tango; lyrically it's telling quite a somber story. Written by Virgilio Carmona & Emilio Luis Ramon Falero in 1929, the song is based around the character Canio from the 1892 Italian opera "Pagliacci" (Clowns) by Ruggero Leoncavallo.
Tango music can be traced back to the 1850s, but during the Guardia Nueva period, (1925-1935) Tango dancing had started to decline. The musicians began focusing less on the beat and more on the melodies as people were buying records and listening to tango on the radio. Dancing was no longer the primary concern.
Juan D'Arienzo's career spanned over 5 decades and one of his earliest and most often recorded tango is Nada Mas. The 1939 recording was one of the first tangos of D’Arienzo- Echagüe, this version has very little singing and the orchestra is the main attraction. This balance changed later when the singer was the principal element and the orchestra became less important.
Juan D'Arienzo was in many ways the engine that drove the Golden Age - by virtue of his orchestra filling the dance halls. His beat, his sound and his musicians were just amazing. When he arrived in the latter 1930's, he infused a whole new life and energy into Tango.