About this song

Mutya ng Pasig

Composer: Abelardo, Nicanor
Lyricist: Deogracias Rosario
Performer: Conching Rosal
Album: Immortal Kundiman of the Philippines
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Form: Kumintang
Historical Period: American Period
Date of Composition: 1926
About the Song: This kumintang was inspired by a carnival along the Pasig in 1926. The celebration moved Nicanor Abelardo who made an allusion to the mythical past with its bygone splendor. In the song, the mutya speaks, in the light of the full moon, lamenting her kingdom and love that was lost, symbolizing the freedom lost by the country to the Americans. This song was arranged by Abelardo for full orchestra, then it was also arranged by Elsa O‘Farrel for chamber music orchestra in 1941. (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, vol. 6, p. 255-256)