El Choclo (arr. Walters)

From Wind Repertory Project
Ángel G. Villoldo

Ángel G. Villoldo (arr. Harold L. Walters)

General Info

Year: 1903 / 1953
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Small tango ensemble
Publisher: Rubank
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.

For availability information, see Discussion tab, above.


Full Score
D-flat Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornets I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Drums
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

El Choclo is a popular tango by Ángel Villoldo , an Argentinian musician. Supposedly, the title derives from the nickname of a nightclub owner. The instrumental piece was released in Buenos Aires in 1903, and was premiered in the elegant El Americano restaurant on the 966 Cangallo Street by the Jose Luis Roncallo orchestra.

The tango was planned as a potboiler, but with its catchy melody and the performance at an exquisite location Villoldo promised a better existence and filled "pucheros" (pots) with enough corn.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

El Choclo was Villoldo's most important tango because of its melody and its rhythm, which indeed would be the emblematic tango had La cumparsita not existed. A story corroborates this claim precisely. During World War I, the Argentine journalist Tito Livio Foppa was in the German front when at an official party a musician played the piano to honor him and attempted to play the national anthem, but in reality he played El Vhoclo which he mistook for our patriotic music.

- Program Note adapted from Nestor Pinsón


None discovered thus far.

State Ratings

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