About this song

Bituing Marikit

Composer: Abelardo, Nicanor
Lyricist: Servando De los Angeles
Performer: Conching Rosal
Album: Immortal Kundiman of the Philippines
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Key / Mode: F minor - F major
Genre: Songs of Love and Courtship
Form: Danza
Style: Light Classical
Historical Period: American Period
Date of Composition: 1926
Movie Scoring: Used in the movie “Bituing Marikit” (1937) by Carlos Tolosa, starring Elsa Oria. Released by Sampaguita Pictures.
About the Song: In the sweeping rhythm of a danza, the song depicts a passionate lover who compares the beloved to an "unreachable star shining in the night of life," who begs "to be thrown a ray of light, or be allowed to drink from the pure stream of love." Composed by Abelardo for the Tagalog sarswela "Dakilang Punglo" (Magnificent Bullet). (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art., vol. 6, p. 230)