Sheet Music: La Bayamesa

TitleLa Bayamesa
Alternate titlesEl Himno de Bayamo
National anthem of Cuba
ComposerPerucho Figueredo (1818–1870)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE-flat major
Time signature2/2
Tempo60 BPM
Performance time1:05
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-07-08
Last updated2010-07-08
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Thursday 8 July 2010

Tune of the Day: La Bayamesa

National anthem of Cuba

“La Bayamesa” (“The Hymn of Bayamo”) was first performed during the Battle of Bayamo in 1868. Perucho Figueredo, who took part in the battle, composed the melody in 1867. On October 20, 1868, when the Cuban forces obtained the capitulation of the Spaniard authorities in Bayamo, the jubilant people surrounded Figueredo and asked him to write an anthem with the melody they were humming. It is said that Figueredo wrote the lyrics of the anthem right on the saddle of his horse.

As time went by, different harmonizations and introductions to Figueredo's melody started to appear. The most successful one, which is still played today, was composed by Antonio Rodríguez Ferrer.