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Music World for Filipino

Designed for people who knows nothing about music and want to start from scratch.....







The Filipino kundiman is the voice of yearning love in song, plaintive in its lyrical heartbreak and yet transcendent through melodic expressiveness.
The kundiman came to the fore as an art song at the end of the nineteenth century and early part of the twentieth, when Filipino composers such as Francisco Santiago and Nicanor Abelardo formalized the musical structure and sought poetry for their lyrics, blending verse and music in equal parts.
While the sentiment of the kundiman tends towards the melancholic, the commitment of the heart to passion is celebrated in every piece.
"Harana" by National Artist Carlos V. Francisco
The singer of the kundiman expresses the pain and beauty of love felt by every listener, for the kundiman is not merely entertainment but an embodiment of collective emotion.