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Neuquins are proud. They have volcanoes, fresh water, tourism, oil, nuts and above boast of having the best provincial anthem in the country. Pass by, listen and draw your conclusions
In 2016, the Neuquén Legislature instituted the March 1, as the day of the Anthem of the province of Neuquén. The date responds to the tribute to Osvaldo Arabarco , one of the creators of the hymn, who died on that date but in 2015. As a historical review, it is commendable to note that the 29 February 1989, the then Governor of the province, Don Pedro Salvatori , he called competition for selection of what would later constitute lyrics and music of the provincial anthem. On 23 August of that same year, with a jury composed of 18 persons, the lyrics and music composed by Osvaldo Arabarco and Marcelo Berbel were approved.
Neuquén Trabun Mapu (Neuquén, Land of Encounter ) is a composition poetics adopted as an official anthem. However the original song has four stanzas and a chorus and the original score is for guitar with an intervention by tahiel (tayül, traditional mapuche song) in the chorus.
The letter claims mapuche culture and highlights benefits of nature neuquin. This is partly because Marcelo Berbel, historical neuquino folklorist, has marked the mapuche village in its roots . This prolific composer from Plaza Huincul, was friend of Pablo Neruda with whom he composed some songs. In addition their songs were played by big musicians , such as Jorge Cafrune, José Larralde, Soledad Pastorutti, Leon Gieco, Malón and Rubén Patagonia
Lyrics: Osvaldo Arabarco Music: Marcelo Berbel
I grew up in the commitment of a valid breed with the sky in the lakes all the wind in the voice. With a faith always nurturing springs and a landscape of time that filled it with love.
II He was baptized in the glory of the santarina water coming from the divine snow spring; and in the pehuenia mother was born his strange flower that when dreaming distant left her life to walk.
Chorus Neuquén is commitment, let the Homeland say so because humble and mestizo remains root.
From the tree, hope, mountain manna that ripens in Nguilleu the happiest fruit. And his Mapuche tahiel today is singing to the country Neuquén, country, country.
III The reason of his idea came to look at distances and discovered another aurora standing on the Lanin; and he saw for the first time the skin of different men and without losing his line melted a new skin.
IV A harbinger of machis runs through his blood, multiplying loaves, just like Nguenechen. His vocation as a village throbbles in the torrents and bursts in suns far away with another dawn.
The today in Patagonia responds to one of its toughest moments. The fires in Chubut and Rio Negro break the hearts of lovers of this region into a thousand pieces. The Neuquino hymn, whether the cutest or not, should be interpreted as a caress to the painful Patagonian essence.
Publication Date: 14/03/2021
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