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El Choclo – Discover the Famous Tango by Ángel…

On the Virtual Gramophone site I found a recording of El Choclo – the famous tango written by Ángel Villoldo at the beginning of the 20th century – probably the most famous tango at all.

This tango has a long history, and many artists have created their very special versions – it is fascinating to follow El Choclo through this musical history.

I remembered that Marijke and Michiel Wiesenekker had also played El Choclo in a video and so I decided to write about El Choclo today.

I have compiled some interesting videos, links to interesting articles about El Choclo and sources where you can find sheet music for this tune.

Enjoy El Choclo!

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Kim Bikei from Korea – mandolin and guitar

A version played by a Spanish bandurria an laud orchestra – a kind of a mandolin orchestra:



My version of El Choclo for mandolin & guitar:

An early version of El Choclo:

Tango Argentino – El Choclo, 1929

Playlist El Choclo

with many more versions  – guitar, accoreon, bandurria, orchestra, old versions, new versions, songs, instrumental versions  – enjoy!

Historical Recordings

An early recording of this tango for mandolin & guitar:

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El choclo : tango argentin Lefman; Rosemarin (1929) bei Virtual Gramophone:



DIGITAL CONTENT: http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/m2/f3/13280.ram
            NOTES: Commentaires: Tango; "New Process" figure sous le nom
                   Référence discographique: Fonds de la Compo Company Ltd
                    (1918-1950), Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, date
                   Distributeur: Canada Sales Limited.
                   Genre d'édition: étiquette principale.
                   Lancé: [ca avr 1929].
                   Lefman ; Rosemarin, mandoline et guitare.
                   Registré: [29 jan 1929], [Montréal, QC], Compo Company

Additional information

Wikipeda (esp.): http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_choclo

Wikipedia (engl.): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Choclo

Article about El Choclo: http://www.todotango.com/english/biblioteca/cronicas/el_choclo.asp

Sheet music:

Guitar: http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=4115#

Piano: http://www.free-scores.com/download-sheet-music.php?pdf=26078

Piano: http://www.todotango.com/spanish/las_obras/partitura.aspx?id=24

Cello: http://thecellogeek.blogspot.com/2008/04/free-cello-sheet-music.html

Great resource for tango sheet music: http://www.mandragoratango.com/sheetmusic.php


archive.org: http://www.archive.org/search.php?query=%22el%20choclo%22


Homepage Marijke und Michiel Wiesenekker: http://www.wiesenekker.com/

Homepage Agrupación Laudística : http://www.harmoniazaragoza.org/

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Tango en Skai – Roland Dyens – A Great…

Some time ago I have found a nice video with a mandolin version of a piece with titel Tango en Skai played by the Japanese mandolin player Kozo Onishi. I had not heard this piece before, but I liked it immediately.

This is one of the two videos of Tango en Skai by Kozo Onishi played on the mandolin:

Tango en Skai – Kozo Onishi – Mandolin version

I wanted to know more about this piece so I looked for information and other videos. Tango en Skai was composed by Roland Dyens, who is a guitarist and composer and there is a video of Tango en Skai played by himself:

Tango en Skai – Roland Dyens

A second video shows Roland Dyens together with Thomas Viloteau during a workshop in Los Angeles:

Roland Dyens & Thomas Viloteau: Tango en Skai

Liverecording GFA Convention 2007, Los Angeles. By permission of the Artists

In the last video Tango en Skai is played by the young Japanese guitarist Kaori Mujari. This shows that Tango en Skai is also vey popular in Japan, maybe Kozo Onishi was inspired by a video like this to play this tune on the mandolin.

Tango en Skai – Kaori Mujari

I have collected other versions of this often played piece in my playlist. You can find versions with other instruments as well, including accordion versions, guitar ensemble, violin and guitar. marimbaphone, …

Playlist Tango en Skai

Enjoy the Tango en Skai!

Additional information about  Tango en Skai and Roland Dyens

youtube Channel Onishikozo

Roland Dyens – Wikipedia (English)

Homepage Rolad Dyens

Decca: Kaori Mujari

Free sheet music: http://www.classclef.com/tango-en-skai-by-roland-dyens


Victor Solomin – Domra / Electric Domra – Astor…

Last year I watched some videos of Victor Solomin and his band. Victor plays the domra, but he does not only play traditional and classical music on his domra, but also a lot of jazz with his band.

Today I found a new video of Victor Solomin with a great performance of Libertango by Astor Piazzolla played on the domra with piano accompanyment:

Victor Solomin Fantazia to Libertango by Astor Piazzolla Victor Solomin domra Alexey Bogolubov piano

I first found Victor Solomin’s profile when I looked for recordings of Stings song Fragile. Victor Solomin played a fantastic version of Fragile on his Domra:

Fragile (Sting) – Played by Victor Solomin and his Band – Domra

You can also find an interesting version of “Spain” by Chick Corea and many more jazz videos, also a set of classical performances of compositions by J. S. Bach and Schmittke

Totally different is the following new song by Nadin Branitskaya and the Solomin Band:

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SOLOMINBAND Music by Victor Solomin, words by Dar’ya Gorbatcheva, vocal – Nadin Branitskaya

Additional Information

youtube channel Solomin Band: http://www.youtube.com/user/SOLOMINBAND

Homepage Solomin Band (also available in English): http://www.solomin.org.ua/eng/

CD recommendation (Amazon partnerlink)

All This Time – Sting

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Astor Piazzolla – Histoire du Tango – Liuqin (Chinese…

The music composed by Astor Piazzolla is famous around the world, especially the three pieces from Histoire du tango are played very often. And very often those pieces are played with mandolin and guitar.

In Taiwan YaHui Chen und YunChang Dong have played tose three pieces in a concert with chines 4-stringed mandolin liuqin and guitar, the three videos of this performance can be found at youtube.

I have presented the Chinese mandolin liuqin in my German blog, I will translate this article also the English – give me some time. However you can look at the embedded videos from the following thread:

Liuquin – die chinesische Mandoline

Enjoy the Histoire du tango in this unusual version!

Bordel 1900 (Astor Piazzolla) – YH Chen & Dong

liuqin (Chinese Mandolin) : YaHui Chen

Guitar : YunChang Dong

Cafe 1930 -(Astor Piazzolla) YH Chen & Dong

Nightclub 1960-(Astor Piazzolla) YH Chen & Dong


CD Tip (Amazon partnerlink)

Piazzola: Complete Music For Flute And Guitar; Hugo German Gaido