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Thread #5169   Message #3263663
Posted By: GUEST,Anita Holladay
26-Nov-11 - 03:12 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Over the Waves / Sobre las Olas
Subject: RE: Origins: Over the Waves / Sobre las Olas
This waltz is also popular with accordionists. I had no idea until recently about its origins. My father apparently learned it from his teacher, once-famous accordionist Pietro Diero, who along with his brother Guido were some of the first players of the piano-accordion (the type with right-hand keyboard instead of buttons) in the US. Pietro taught in New York City in the 1930s. I recently found a nice, full version of the tune on YouTube by present day Mexican acccordionist who posts his videos under name of jdhhacordeon. He sent me a link to singer Pedro Infante performing the song with lyrics similar to the Spanish version above. I'm not sure who wrote the Spanish lyrics. I found a different version online which does not have this first stanza but has more stanzas at the end. On YouTube, a solo accordion version posted by accordionmusic gives a fuller version of the biography of Juventino Rosas, of Otomi native heritage from Guanajuato, Mexico. He did become a popular band leader, performing in Mexico, the US, and Cuba.