Inca Music: El Condor Pasa, The Flight of the Condor

Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Inca Music

Inca Music: El Condor Pasa Index

El Condor Pasa by Ray Conniff

Inca Music: Virgenes del Sol

"Virgenes del Sol" Index
Possibly the second best-known Peruvian
song worldwide after "El Cóndor Pasa."

Yma Sumac Index

Yma Sumac Index,

'Peruvian songbird', 'Nightingale of the Andes',
'The Castafiori Inca'
Inca Music: noted Peruvian soprano.

Valicha, huayno Index

Valicha Index
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Andean Music: Ojos Azules Palomino Index

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 Palomino Index

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Serenata de los Andes Index

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Serenata de los Andes, Fiesta Andina

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Inca Music, El Condor Pasa by:
Espiritu Andino, Incas Wasi, Roxsana Ambicho, the Inkas, Marc Anthony, BZN, European version, Los Pasteles Verdes, Agua Marina Mariachi Vargas, Chinese version, Simon & Garfunkel, Different versions, Condor Condor, Placido Domingo

Inca and Pre-Inca Musical instruments, Waylla Quepa Project

Inca and Pre-Inca Musical instruments, Waylla Kepa Project - Video.
National Museum of the Archaeology, Anthropology, and History of Peru: 2000 pieces that make up the collection of pre-Hispanic musical instruments.

El Condor Pasa by Ray Conniff

Inca Music,
El Condor Pasa by Ray Conniff,

William Luna Index

Andean Music William Luna - Index.

Andean Music: Laramarka Index

Andean Music: Laramarka.

Andean Music, William Luna

Andean Music: Vienes y Te Vas by William Luna. Video.

Puno Querido by William Luna

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Video and Puno interactive map.

Peruvian Music: Grupo Nectar Tragedy  

The Incas and Francisco Pizarro
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The conquest of the Incas 1, 2, 3
La Conquista de los Incas 1
, 2, 3, 4, 5

Cuzco. Inca Empire Capital.
Ollantaytambo, Pisac,
Moray, Chinchero

Machu Picchu, The Lost City of the Incas.
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See also: The Incas


El Condor Pasa, the Flight of the Condor


"El Condor Pasa" (see an example of sheet music) is a typical Inca dance, based on authentic Incan folk melodies. Around 1916, Peruvian composer Daniel Alomia Robles notated this popular traditional melody and used it as the basis for an instrumental suite. The English Lyrics, 'If I could, I surely would' words, are by Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)!

The Andean Condor is the world's largest bird of prey that lives in the mountains,  The adult height of this enormous bird is four feet, and it has a wing span of 10 feet. It usually weighs between 20 to 25 pounds. The Andean Condor’s cousin is the California Condor.

Inca Music: From the writings of Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1609)

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1609), historian and translator"The Colla Indians and all those in their district had a certain knowledge of music. They played reed or cane instruments, made by joining four or five tubes together, each one of which furnished a higher or lower note than the preceding one, as in the case of organ pipes. There existed four such instruments, each keyed to a higher or lower scale, in the same way as the four human voices: soprano, tenor, contralto, and bass.

When one Indian played, a second answered him, shall we say, in fifths, then a third on another harmony, and the fourth on still another, each one in time. These were professional musicians, who practiced in order to give concerts for the king and nobles of the Empire.

They also had flutes with four or five holes, like those played by shepherds. But since these were never played on in concerts, each player carved his own in his own manner, according to what suited him best. With this flute he accompanied his love songs, which recounted, in even meters, the favors or disfavors of his ladylove.

In the year 1560, when I left Peru, there were five Indians in Cuzco who played the flute so well that they could interpret any piece of organ music you put before them; and today, in 1562, I am told there still exists a considerable number of excellent musicians." The Royal Commentaries of the Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega, 1609. Book II.

Inca Garcilaso de la Vega (1539-1616) Peruvian-born Spanish soldier, historian, and translator. The son of an Inca princess, he vividly retold Peruvian history and folklore in his Comentarios Reales (1609).

"Inca music often accompanied ritualized religious dancing. Musicians used repetitive rhythms and dissonant tones to induce an almost hypnotic state in the dancers. Inca instruments were made of wood, reeds, pottery, bone, shell, and metal. The Incas played two basic kinds of instruments: wind and percussion. Wind instruments, such as horns and flutes, produce a sound when a musician blows into a tube or hollow chamber. Percussion instruments, such as bells or drums, produce a sound when a musician strikes the instrument. Drums and flutes were the most common instruments used by the Incas. Flutes came in many varieties. The panpipe—a series of cane or pottery flutes tuned to different notes and tied together in a row—are still common in the Andes today." MSN Encarta.


See also:

El Condor Pasa by:
Espiritu Andino,
Incas Wasi,
Los Incas (Urubamba)-1963
Roxsana Ambicho,
Different versions,
Mind map
El Condor Pasa by:
Paul Mauriat,
Gigliola Cinquetti,
Marc Anthony,
European version,
Los Pasteles Verdes,
Agua Marina
El Condor Pasa by:
Mariachi Vargas,
Chinese version,
Simon & Garfunkel,
The Inkas,
Condor Condor
Placido Domingo


El Condor Pasa
A folk lyrics version from the Quechua, the official language of the Inca Empire:

Oh mighty Condor owner of the skies
take me home, up into the Andes, Oh mighty Condor.
 I want go back to my native place to be
with my Inca brothers,
that is what I miss the most, Oh mighty Condor.

Wait for me in Cuzco, in the main plaza,
so we can take a walk in Machu Picchu and Huayna-Picchu


El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
Lyrics by Simon & Garfunkel

I'd rather be a sparrow than a snail.
Yes, I would.
If I could,
I surely would.
I'd rather be a hammer than a nail.
Yes, I would.
If I only could,
I surely would.

Away, I'd rather sail away
Like a swan that's here and gone.
A man gets tied up to the ground.
He gives the world
Its saddest sound,
Its saddest sound.

I'd rather be a forest than a street.
Yes, I would.
If I could,
I surely would.
I'd rather feel the earth beneath my feet.
Yes, I would.
If I only could,
I surely would.

El Condor Pasa (Si pudiera)
Letra de Simon & Garfunkel
Spanish version

Preferiría ser un gorrión que un caracol.
Sí, lo haría.
Si pudiera,
Seguramente lo haría.
Preferiría ser un martillo que un clavo.
Sí, lo haría.
Si tan sólo pudiera,
Seguramente lo haría.

Lejos, preferiría navegar lejos
Como un cisne que está aquí y se fue.
Un hombre está amarrado a la tierra.
Le da al mundo
Su sonido más triste,
Su sonido más triste.

Preferiría ser un bosque que una calle.
Sí, lo haría.
Si pudiera,
Seguramente lo haría.
Preferiría sentir la tierra bajo mis pies.
Sí, lo haría.
Si tan sólo pudiera,
Seguramente lo haría.

The lyrics are copyright by their respective owners. They are used here for educational purposes only.

Example of Sheet Music
El Condor Pasa
Daniel Alomia Robles

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