Kundiman Art Song-Nasaan Ka Irog? - Sylvia La Torre
  • Classical music composed by One of Nicanor Abelardo's immortal Kundiman composition is "Nasaan Ka Irog". Its original Tagalog lyrics were written by Narciso Asistio and Jesus Balmori wrote the lyrics in Spanish. Interpreted by Sylvia La Torre under the music supervision of Leopoldo Silos. Audio from a vintage vinyl phonograph recording (Kundiman -Sylvia La Torre, Villar Records, Mareco Inc). = = = = = = = = = NICANOR ABELARDO Exponent of the Kundiman (Feb 7, 1893 -March 21, 1934) Nicanor Abelardo was born in San Miguel de Mayumo, Bulacan, the eldest of eight children of Valentin Abelardo and Placida Santa Ana. His formal Education was desultorily obtained. He attended the town school in San Miguel and later on attended several schools in Manila, finishing his primary course in 1905 at the Quiapo Primary School. He enrolled at the Conservatory of Music, University of the Philippines when it opened in 1916, receiving his teacher's certificate in Science and Composition in 1921. The following year, he finished a post graduate course. In 1931, he received a grant from the University of the Philippines which enabled him to go abroad and pursue advanced musical studies at the Chicago Musical College. He returned to his native country in 1932 and was granted the Master's Degree in absentia after fulfilling academic requirements at the National University. Throughout his life, Abelardo had to work to support himself and his own family. He also supported his younger sisters. He held all types of odd jobs ...

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