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The waltz "Sobre las Olas
" (or "Over the Waves
") is the best known work of Mexican composer Juventino Rosas
José Juventino Policarpo Rosas Cadenas was a Mexican composer and violinist.-Life and career:Rosas was born in Santa Cruz de Galeana, Guanajuato, now renamed Santa Cruz de Juventino Rosas. Rosas began his musical career as a street musician and playing with dance music bands in Mexico City...
(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
It was first published by Rosas in 1888. It remains popular as a classic waltz, and has also found its way into New Orleans Jazz
Dixieland music, sometimes referred to as Hot jazz, Early Jazz or New Orleans jazz, is a style of jazz music which developed in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century, and was spread to Chicago and New York City by New Orleans bands in the 1910s.Well-known jazz standard songs from the...
and Tejano music
Tejano music or Tex-Mex music is the name given to various forms of folk and popular music originating among the Mexican-American populations of Central and Southern Texas...
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.
The Mexican film biography of Juventino Rosas, released in 1950 and starring Pedro Infante
José Pedro Infante Cruz , better known as Pedro Infante, is the most famous actor and singer of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and is an idol of the Latinamerican people, together with Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís, who were styled the Tres Gallos Mexicanos . He was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa,...
, is entitled Sobre Las Olas
In popular culture
- In the United States
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, Sobre las Olas has a cultural association with funfair
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s, and trapeze artists, as it was one of the tunes available for Wurlitzer
The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, usually referred to simply as Wurlitzer, was an American company that produced stringed instruments, woodwinds, brass instruments, theatre organs, band organs, orchestrions, electronic organs, electric pianos and jukeboxes....
's popular line of fairground organ
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- The music for Over the Waves was used for the song The Loveliest Night of the Year
"The Loveliest Night of the Year" is a popular song.The music was first published as a waltz called "Sobre las olas" in 1888 written by Juventino P. Rosas. In 1950 the music was adapted by Irving Aaronson with lyrics by Paul Francis Webster for the movie The Great Caruso...
, which was sung by Ann Blyth
Ann Marie Blyth is an American actress and singer, often cast in Hollywood musicals, but also successful in dramatic roles. Her performance as Veda Pierce in the 1945 film Mildred Pierce was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.-Life and career:Blyth was born in Mount Kisco,...
in MGM's film The Great Caruso
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- The composition is featured in the film, Stage Fright
Stage Fright is a 1950 British crime film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock starring Jane Wyman, Marlene Dietrich, Michael Wilding and Richard Todd...
(1950); and is played when Jonathan gets out of the car and goes into Charlotte's house.
- The song appears as a medley, along with Entry of the Gladiators, in the Circus tribe stages in Lemmings 2: The Tribes
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- This waltz is performed in the James Bond
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, in the scene in the Circus in Germany.
- On Sesame Street
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, Ernie often sang a song to this melody, called George Washington Bridge
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. The lyrics went: "George Washington Bridge, George Washington Washington Bridge..."
- The tune is featured in the RKO Radio Pictures feature When's Your Birthday?
When's Your Birthday? American film directed by Harry Beaumont. While original prints of this film had a cartoon sequence in Technicolor directed by Bob Clampett and Leon Schlesinger, most prints have the sequence in black-and-white.- Plot summary :Dustin Willoughby When's Your Birthday? (1937)...
(1937) starring Joe E. Brown.
- In the 1946 Warner Brothers cartoon, Daffy Doodles
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, Daffy sings Sobre las Olas to the tune of "She was an acrobat's daughter..."
- Sobre las Olas can be heard in the score of Disney's 1944 film The Three Caballeros
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during The Cold-Blooded Penguin segment.