About this song

Ay Kalisud

Arranger: Leopoldo Silos
Performer: Frank Gomez and Baby Gomez
Album: Ang Pagibig
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Key / Mode: A minor
Genre: Songs of Love and Courtship
Form: Danza
Premiere Performance: Performed in public by Jovita Fuentes in 1919 at a concert sponsored by the Asociacion Musical de Filipinas.
Movie Scoring: Inspired the production of the movie of the same title in the late 1930s by Filippine Films.
About the Song: An "intensely romantic and sighing piece" distinctive of its "somber minor key and brooding Ilongo lyrics", that expresses the despair of someone abandoned by a beloved. Written by Francisco Santiago in 1928 and arranged as a fox-trot for orchestra by Nicanor Abelardo in 1930, this song has been recorded, sung, and arranged countless times. (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, vol. 6, p. 223)
Cultural Community: Hiligaynon