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Over the Waves!

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In 1884, Payen's Eighth Cavalry Mexican Band performed to great acclaim at the New Orleans World Cotton Centennial Exposition (see LSU Libraries related collection "New Orleans Centennial Exposition Stereoscopic Views"), setting off a popular craze for Mexican and Cuban music in the city.


This digital collection contains forty-eight pieces of sheet music performed at the Exposition or written by Mexican composers who worked in Louisiana in the late 19th century, including Juventino Rosas, whose song "Sobre Las Olas" ("Over the Waves") went on to become one of the most popular melodies of its day. The original sheet music is housed at LSU Libraries' Special Collections Library.

 

 
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