In April 19, 1916, in Montevideo, Roberto Firpo premiered what would become the tango of all tangos, “La Cumparsita”, by Gerardo Hernán Matos Rodríguez, which at that time was a two-part song.
Firpo, in the style of the “Guardia Vieja”, composed the third.
Some time later he would regret not having signed it jointly: the rights of “La Cumparsita” reported millions!
With respect to this fundamental tango, Firpo recalled: “In 1916 I was at “Confiteria La Giralda” in Montevideo, when one day a man arrived accompanied by about fifteen boys – all students – to tell me that they had a humble carnival march, and wanted me to take a look and fix it because they thought there was a tango.
They wanted it for that night, because it was needed for a boy named Matos Rodríguez.
In the score, in two by four, appeared a little of the first part and in the second part there was nothing.
I got a piano and I remembered two tangos of mine composed in 1906 that had not had any success: “La Gaucha Manuela” and “Curda Completa”, and I put a little of each one.
At night I played it with Bachicha Deambroggio and Tito Roccatagliatta.
It was an apotheosis, and everybody celebrated Matos Rodríguez that night”.