El Jarabe (Mexican Hat Dance)


Composer: Traditional Mexican Folk Song

Arranger:  Linda R. Lamb

Octaves Handbell:  5 – 7

Octaves Handchimes: 3

Level: 4+

Other Instruments: n/a


More commonly known as the “Mexican Hat Dance,” “El Jarabé Tapatio” is literally translated as “sweet syrup” since it is a mixture of many Mexican folk tunes combined in celebration of the end of the Mexican Revolution. Linda has done a masterful job of using many handbell techniques to accurately express the style of the work. While not all the tunes may be instantly recognizable, they are all tuneful and dance-like. Set in the key of C Major, this piece is 136 measures.

El Jarabe Tapatío 20290


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