Sobre las Olas

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Piano sheet music for the piece (Germany)

The waltz "Sobre las Olas" (or "Over the Waves") is the best-known work of Mexican composer Juventino Rosas (1868–1894). It "remains one of the most famous Latin American pieces worldwide", according to the "Latin America" article in The Oxford Companion to Music.[1]

It was first published by Rosas in 1888.[2] It remains popular as a classic waltz, and has also found its way into New Orleans Jazz and Tejano music.

The song remains popular with country and old-time fiddlers in the United States.


  • Chet Atkins, on Alone
  • Willie Nelson, on Red Headed Stranger
  • Roy Clark, on The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark
  • Mark O'Connor on American Classics


A Mexican film titled Sobre las olas was released in 1933.[3]

The Mexican film biography of Juventino Rosas, released in 1950 and starring Pedro Infante, is entitled Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves).[4]

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ The Oxford Companion to Music (1 rev ed.) (2012) ISBN 9780199579037
  2. ^ Helmut Brenner (2000) "Juventino Rosas: His Life, His Work, His Time", Detroit Monographs in Musicology/Studies in Music Vol.32, J. Bunker Clark Ed., Harmonie Park Press, Warren, Michigan.
  3. ^ Sobre las olas (1933) on IMDb
  4. ^ Sobre las olas/Over the Waves (1950) on IMDb
  5. ^ "Waltzing with Bears". YouTube. Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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