Gardel, Carlos: Por Una Cabeza (Original) - Sheet Music Download
Gardel, Carlos: Por Una Cabeza (Original) - Sheet Music Download
Gardel, Carlos: Por Una Cabeza (Original) - Sheet Music Download

Gardel, Carlos: Por Una Cabeza (Original) - Sheet Music Download

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Short Description: The sheet music is an arrangement of "Por Una Cabeza" (Carlos Gardel) for piano & vocal (note-for-note) incl. lyrics and chord symbols. The piano is arranged close to the original recording, the vocal transcribed note-for-note.

Licensed Territory: worldwide

Instrumentation: Piano & Vocal incl. chord symbols

Interpreter: Carlos Gardel

Music by: Carlos Gardel

Words by: Alfredo Le Pera

Level: 3 (of 5)

Pages: 7

Order No. 101-760-8007d

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The piano is arranged close to the original recording. The vocals are transcribed note-for-note. The choir part is also included in the chorus.

This Tango classic, still very popular today, was written in 1935 by Carlos Gardel, who died together with his lyricist in that same year in a plan crash in Medellin, Columbia. The text is about betting on horses (cabeza = head, here the head of a horse), which is compared to the allurement of women. The theme in the B section is taken from Mozart’s Rondo für Violine und Orchester C-Dur (KV 373). This song has been featured in numerous films, such as Schindler’s List, Delicatessen, True Lies, Titanic and last but not least, Scent of a Woman, from whose soundtrack recording the jazzinotes edition is based.

Carlos Gardel (1890 – 1935) is considered the most important figure in the Tango scene of the first half of the 20th century. Even until today he is the most popular tango singer in Argentina, but is known most of all as a composer. He was born in France and moved to Argentina at three years of age, where he later hispanicized his French name Gardès into Gardel. While his single mother was at work, he began to roam the streets. During this time of roaming and doing odd jobs, he eventually came to singing through a series of coincidences. He even had the good luck to meet the great popular singer Titta Ruffo, who became his supporter. Later, during a tour, he had the chance to meet his great role model Enrico Caruso. Having been shot in the chest in a club in Buenos Aires happened to delay his breakthrough, but did not manage to prevent it. At the peak of his career he was also extremely popular in Europe (especially Spain and France). His unexpected death touched millions of people, even to the point of provoking suicide.


We can transpose this score for you. This is how it works:

1. Order it in the original version.

2. Order our article Transposition A.

3. Send an informal email to (subject: “Transposition”). In the text of the email please indicate the title of the original as well as the key desired.

You’ll receive the transposition within a couple of days as a pdf file you can open using your password for the original version.