Sheet Music: Alma Llanera

TitleAlma Llanera
Alternate titlesSoul of the Plains
ComposerPedro Elías Gutiérrez (1870–1954)
InstrumentationFlute and Guitar chords
KeyD major
RangeD4–A5
Time signature3/4
Tempo68 BPM
Performance time1:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-03-06
Last updated2010-03-06
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Joropos, Latin American

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Saturday 6 March 2010

Tune of the Day: Alma Llanera

Venezuelan song

“Alma Llanera” (usually translated as “Soul of the Plains”) was composed by Pedro Elías Gutiérrez as part of a zarzuela (a type of Spanish operetta) that premiered in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1914. It is a joropo, a musical genre found in the plains of Venezuela which vaguely resembles the waltz. Formerly, the Spanish word “joropo” meant a “party”, but now it has come to mean a type of music and dance that identifies Venezuelans.

The song is considered as Venezuela's second national anthem. It is a tradition in Venezuela to end any social reunion or party with the intonation of “Alma Llanera”. It is undoubtedly one of the best-known Latin American songs and has been interpreted by famous singers all over the world.