Chia, Enrique: El Choclo - Sheet Music Download

Interpreter: Enrique Chia
Instrumentation: (El.) Piano
Music Genres: Tango
Level: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Order No. 101-755-8001d
Publisher: jazzinotes
Transcription: Note-for-Note, incl. chord symbols
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Interpreter Enrique Chia
Music by Angel Villoldo
Instrumentation (El.) Piano
Instruments Piano solo
Instruments on the Recording Accordion, Double Bass, Strings
Transcription Note-for-Note, incl. chord symbols
source Album
Album Enrique Chia: Tangos Y Nostalgia (1997)
Duration 3:41
Level 4
Pages 5

Angel Villoldo (1868 - 1919), the composer of El Choclo, is a tango composer of the first generation – a.k.a. Guardia Vieja (old guard).  These musicians lived and worked in the area of San Telmo, a district of Buenos Aires with a large concentration of African-Americans and many brothels.  Allegedly the name of the piece (El Choclo = corn cob) comes from the nick-name of the owner of one of the brothels.  The first version was released as an instrumental piece in 1903 in Buenos Aires.  A 1952 vocal version by Giorgia Gibbs under the title Kiss of Fire reached second place on the US billboard charts.  Louis Armstrong also interpreted this 1952 song under the same title.  Spanish language versions came out later, for example from Nat King Cole. 

The driving force behind El Choclo is the Milonga-Rhythm 3+3+2 (each eighth notes).  The original recording features other instruments than just the piano, but the piano is still the dominant instrument – played by pianist Enrique Chia (born in Cuba but living in the States).  This song sounds great for solo piano – as the jazzinotes edition proves. 

Today, El Choclo is a tango classic.

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