Sheet Music: El Cóndor Pasa

TitleEl Cóndor Pasa
ComposerDaniel Alomía Robles (1871–1942)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo76 BPM
Performance time1:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-04-11
Last updated2009-04-11
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Saturday 11 April 2009

Tune of the Day: El Cóndor Pasa

by Daniel Alomía Robles

This is possibly the best-known Peruvian song worldwide, due to a cover version by Simon & Garfunkel in 1970 on their Bridge Over Troubled Water album, which is called “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)”.

Although the origins of the song “El cóndor pasa” (“The condor flies over”) date back to the age of the Incas, the popular form of the melody we hear today was composed in 1913 by Daniel Alomía Robles for the finale of his zarzuela El cóndor pasa. In this musical play, the Andean condor stands as a symbol of freedom in a conflict between a Peruvian miner and his European boss.