About this song



Composer: Abdon, Bonifacio
Lyricist: Patricio Mariano
Performer: Ernesto Vallejo (Violin)
Album: Habanera Filipina No. 1 / Kundiman
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Key / Mode: C minor - C major
Genre: Songs of Nationhood / Patriotic Songs
Form: Kundiman
Historical Period: American Period
Date of Composition: 1920
About the Song: Based on the folk song "Kundiman de 1800," this song is popularly known as "Kundiman ni Abdon" (Abdon being the writer of the three-part piece). It was written for the Russian cellist and conductor, Bogumil Sykora, who wanted to conduct a Filipino piece for his concert for the Asociacion Musical de Filipinas. A song about love for the country, it was turned into a protest song entitled "Mutya" in the 1980s. (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, vol. 6, p. 244-245)