From Film Tango by Carlos Saura

Gerardo Hernan Matos Rodríguez (March 28, 1897 April 25, 1948) Montevideo, Uruguay, also known as Becho, was an Uruguayan musician, composer and journalist. Gerardo Hernán Matos Rodríguez was born in Montevideo, the son of the owner of the Moulin Rougle, a popular local cabaret. He studied architecture, but did not complete the course. He began composing as a young student in 1917, and his first known work, La Cumparsita, which he wrote on the piano at the Club Nacional de Football Clubhouse (a famous Uruguayan soccer team). It became one of the most recognizable tango pieces, though ironically, Matos was initially too shy to play the piece himself, and it became well-known through the performance of others.

He travelled widely throughout Europe and stayed in Paris for a time, as well as working as Uruguayan consul to Germany. In 1931 he collaborated on the flm score for Luces de Buenos Aires, shot in Joinville-le-Pont, France, and starring renowned tango vocalist Carlos Gardel. His best known work for the tango is La Cumparsita. It is perhaps the most famous and recognizable tango of all time.
Rodríguez also composed pieces for theater plays premiered in Buenos Aires: Manuel Romeros El Gran Circo Rivolta, among them. He led his own tango orchestra in Montevideo for a short time afterwards.

Other tangos of his include: Che papusa, oí, Son grupos, Yo tuve una novia, Cuando bronca el temporal, Hablame, Pobre corazón, Haceme caso a mí, Canto por no llorar, Rosa reseca, Botija linda, El pescador, Te fuiste, ¡ja, ja!, Adiós Argentina, Mi provinciana, La milonga azul, Dale celos, Raspail, Mocosita, La muchacha del circo, and San Telmo.
Rodriguez collaborated with the lyricists Enrique Cadícamo, Victor Soliño, Juan B. A. Reyes, Manuel Romero and Fernán Silva Valdés. With the latter he wrote a fine and touching series of Canciones Montevideanas (“Songs of Montevideo”), to which “Margarita punzó” belongs.

He died in Montevideo after a long illness, in 1948.

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