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.


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]

Cultural influence[edit]

In the United States, Sobre las Olas has a cultural association with funfairs and trapeze artists, as it was one of the tunes available for Wurlitzer's popular line of fairground organs. In this context, it has featured in the video games Carnival and Lemmings 2: The Tribes, and in the James Bond film Octopussy, among other works.

In 1950 the music was adapted by Irving Aaronson with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster for the MGM movie The Great Caruso. The resulting song The Loveliest Night of the Year was sung by Ann Blyth in the film, and the recording by her co-star Mario Lanza became one of the most popular songs of 1951.[5]


  1. ^ The Oxford Companion to Music (1 rev ed.) (2012) eISBN 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) at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Sobre las olas/Over the Waves (1950) at the Internet Movie Database
  5. ^ "Songs from the Year 1951". Retrieved January 23, 2015. 

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