Sheet Music: Jarabe tapatío

TitleJarabe tapatío
Alternate titlesMexican Hat Dance
ComposerJesús González Rubio (?–1874)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature6/8
Tempo128 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-05-30
Last updated2009-05-30
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Saturday 30 May 2009

Tune of the Day: Mexican Hat Dance

Jesús González Rubio's “Jarabe tapatío”

This musical piece, actually a medley of Mexican folk music, was composed in the 19th century by a professor of music in Guadalajara, J.G. Rubio.

In its standardized form, the song was first choreographed by the Mexican Felipa Lopez in the early twentieth century to celebrate a government-sponsored fiesta that commemorated the successful end of the Mexican Revolution. Since then it has become a folk dance popular throughout Mexico and the Southwestern United States as a symbol of the national pride and honor of the Mexican people.

n 1924, Secretary of Education José Vasconcelos proclaimed the “Jarabe tapatio” to be Mexico’s national dance and decreed that it would be taught throughout the Mexican public school system as a symbol of Mexican identity, designed to supersede any local dance traditions and bind together the ethnically diverse.