About this song

Kundiman ng Luha

Composer: Abelardo, Nicanor
Lyricist: Jose Corazon De Jesus
Performer: Leopoldo Silos and The Villar Symphonette
Album: Kundiman (Love Song of the Philippines)
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Key / Mode: G minor - G major
Genre: Songs of Love and Courtship
Form: Kundiman - Romantic
Historical Period: American Period
Date of Composition: 1924
Movie Scoring: Used as the theme song of an LVN movie directed by Lamberto Avellana entitled "Kundiman ng Lahi," 1959, which starred Charito Solis and Eddie Rodriguez (From the CCP Encyclopedia of Philippine Art, vol. 6, p. 245-246)
About the Song: Inherent in all of Nicanor Abelardo's compositions is the sullen note. This is evident in Kundiman ng Luha (Song of Sorrow), a kundiman that never fails to wring the hearts of all who hear it. Dedicated to Samahang Bulakan, the song depicts the sorrow of someone who, after experiencing joy in loving and being loved, grieves alone because of unforeseen misfortune.