That awesome site was probably the inspiration for the song: El Cóndor Pasa which translates loosely to “The Condor Passes By” or “The Condor Flies By”. Often mistaken for a folksong, this beautiful melody was written by Peruvian composer, Daniel Alomía Robles, in 1913. And since his composition remains true to the sound of Andean folksongs and the music that dates back to Incan times, El Cóndor Pasa is often considered an anthem of the Andes.
Many people in the USA recognize the song because singer/songwriter/ musician, Paul Simon, used one part of it in on his Bridge Over Troubled Water album. In the original composition, the song consists of three parts: the yarabi (first part), the fox (second part) and the huayno (last part). You can hear a version of the entire song recorded by DARIA with the band SONQO at the link below.
Why would a condor inspire such awe? In Incan times, the condor (known as kuntur in the Native language of Quechua) was seen as a messenger for the Apus – the Gods of the Mountains. Seeing a condor was a rare but powerful experience and its feathers and likeness are part of several sacred or ceremonial dances, such as the one seen here at the Festival of the Virgin of Candelaria in Puno, Peru.
To hear a traditional version of El Cóndor Pasa and five other songs from the Andes performed with authentic instruments, check out DARIA’s new cd – Cancioncitas De Los Andes/Little Songs of the Andes.
Cancioncitas De Los Andes / Little Songs Of The Andes On Itunes
Cancioncitas De Los Andes / Little Songs Of The Andes on Amazon mp3