La Cumparsita Sheet Music (Piano)

Gerardo Matos Rodríguez

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  • Level 55/100 (Ambitious)
  • Scoring Piano Solo
  • Category Latin
  • Availability Download available Not available

Information about the piece

La Cumparsita is an iconic tango song, recognized across the globe. The tune, which was originally written by Uruguayan composer Gerardo Matos Rodríguez when he was still a student in 1917, awakens emotions in dancers and music enthusiasts alike. The song carries an interesting back story. Gerardo Matos Rodríguez initially composed La Cumparsita as a march for the carnival of the student federation in Uruguay. However, it soon transformed into a tango, taking on a whole new character that helped it reach impressive heights of recognition and popularity, especially since it was featured in Billy Wilder's movie classic Some Like It Hot.

La Cumparsita has a distinctive musical structure that aligns with the conventions of tango music. Some key features are:

  • A strong repetitive and recognizable rhythm
  • A minor key that creates a sense of drama and intensity
  • Heavy use of the standard tango orchestra instruments, particularly the bandoneon
  • A clear distinction between verse and chorus sections

In the context of musical theory, La Cumparsita, with its piercing rhythm, dramatic flair, and dynamic range has helped shape the core essence of tango music.

Passionate piano players who love to explore the Latin music genre, we have the sheet music for La Cumparsita available on our online platform for purchase and download. Enjoy its pulsating rhythm and the transporting melodies on your piano!

Sheet music information

All arrangements of La Cumparsita by Gerardo Matos Rodríguez

byTypeKeyPagesLevelPrice
Gerardo Matos Rodríguez Piano Solo G Minor3 55/100 (Ambitious) US$3.50
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Gerardo Matos Rodríguez Piano Solo G Minor3 45/100 (Ambitious) US$3.90