About this song

Ay Kalisud


Arranger: Eduardo Parungao
Performer: Philippine Constabulary Band and U.P. Madrigal Singers
Album: Mga Katutubong Awitin at Tugtuging Pilipino
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Key / Mode: A minor
Genre: Songs of Love and Courtship
Form: Danza
Premiere Performance: Performed in public by Jovita Fuentes in 1919 at a concert sponsored by the Asociacion Musical de Filipinas.
Movie Scoring: In the late 1930s, Filippine Films produced the movie "Ay Kalisud," inspired by the folk song.
About the Song: "The somber minor key and brooding Ilongo lyrics make this traditional song an intensely romantic, sighing piece. Its lyrics speak of the despair of one who has been abandoned by the beloved. Francisco Santiago transcribed the song in 1928, while Nicanor Abelardo arranged it as a fox-trot for orchestra in 1930. It has been sung, recorded, and arranged countless times." (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, vol. 6, p. 223)