#255 Kundiman

CD jacket of a Kundiman collection

The kundiman is a lyrical love song made popular in the Philippine Islands, which dates back to the Spanish period.

Composed in the Mexican-Spanish tradition, kundiman music is characterized by a minor key at the beginning and shifts to a major key in the second half. Its lyrics depict a romantic theme, usually portraying love, passion, or sadness.

In other styles of the harana or kundiman tradition, the music is based on a love story. Almost all traditional Philippine love songs in this genre are portrayed with poetic emotion. 

Long live the Kundiman!

Sample a kundiman performance here by Pilita Corrales, Kapantay Ang Langit :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuccG8LkfCY&feature=related

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