The original version was recorded by Mercedes Sosa in 1969 for the album “Mujeres Argentinas”. This piece is the masterful transformation in poetry and music of the impact that the story of the suicide of the Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni had on its authors. This story came to the pianist and composer Ariel Ramírez through his father, who had been Alfonsina’s teacher. He composed a piece to which Félix Luna later contributed with the lyrics.
I particularly love this live version of Mercedes Sosa.
She does it in F minor, a deep tonal center, with the right amount of darkness. Every time she get to the note ‘Sol’ in the “A” sections of the piece there is a small tear of sorrow, without exaggeration.
The ‘B’ section is a master class of melodic continuity, and the climax, achieved with a succession of chromatic intervals in the high register, gives goosebumps (especially because of the vehement and expressive color that Mercedes Sosa’s voice had up there) . And to solve the song; another chromatic passage, this time piano, like the subtle caress of someone who knows how to turn disenchantment into beauty.