Rosas: Juventino. Sheet Music and Biography

By | June 1, 2021

Rosas Sheet Music

Photograph of Juventino_Rosas in 1894 wearing a sombrero
Juventino Rosas
25 Jan 1868 – 9 July 1894

Juventino Rosas (born 25 January 1868) was a composer and violinist. Said to be the first internationally acclaimed Mexican composer.

Rosas is the composer of over fifty compositions, his most famous creation being Waltz over the Waves remaining very popular to this day. Unfortunately, it is often mistakenly attributed to Johann Strauss. You can see our collection of arrangements of Waltz over the Waves on

Sadly Rosas died well before his time at the age of just twenty six.


Rosas was initially taught the violin by his father, moving to Mexico City in 1875 to seek a better life. He initially started his career as a street musician until a wealthy patron spotted his talent sending him to the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City to formally study. However, financial demands compelled him to return to the world of entertainment and composing. Then in 1888, he composed his most famous piece “Sobre las Olas” or “Over the Waves” for which he received next to nothing for its publication. Shortly afterwards he composed his Carmen Waltz which was popular in its time. If you can’t quite place Rosas’s most famous piece, take a look at the You Tube video below and you will soon become reacquainted!

Rosas became a member of the Mexican orchestra Tipica Mexicana in 1893. They toured America winning medals at the Chicago World Fair. At the same time, Scott Joplin was in Chicago playing the piano in neighbouring bars. Rosas and the orchestra continued touring from Tampa to Cuba. Sadly it was during this time that Rosas fell ill and died on 9 July 1894.

The 1950’s film Over the Waves was based on the life of Juventino Rosas.

Rosas Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

On music-scores we have a few arrangements of Juventino Rosas’s Sobra Las Olas, Over the Waves all in PDF format.

For further reading on this composer take a look at Wikipedia and Britannica.

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