Sheet Music: La Cumparsita

TitleLa Cumparsita
ComposerGerardo Matos Rodríguez (1897–1948)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG minor
Time signature2/4
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time3:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-06-17
Last updated2010-06-17
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Latin American, Tangos


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Thursday 17 June 2010

Tune of the Day: La Cumparsita

The most famous tango of all time

“La Cumparsita” (“The little parade”) is undoubtedly the most widespread tango, the one that every person recognizes apart from its version, the one used as an icon to represent the whole genre. It was initially a little march, composed by the young student of architecture, Gerardo Hernán Matos Rodríguez on an uncertain date, that we can place between the late 1915 and the early 1916, for the carnival marching band organized by the Federation of Students of Uruguay.

“La Cumparsita” is very popular at Milongas, traditional events where tango is danced; it is a common tradition for it to be played for the last dance of the evening.