CHORAL WORKS

Bayani's closing remarks at a concert in Baltimore, June 13, 1998

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Something Is Calling You (1993)

This piece was inspired by a poetry collection by the songwriter Paul Williams in his book entitled "Remember Your Essence." It was originally written for violins, cello, guitar, piano, and chorus.

 

Perlas Choral Ensemble; Sharon Bjorndal, piano.

Beyond Forgetting (1968)

This choral work was commissioned by the singer wife of the Filipino lyric poet Rolando Carbonell. The music was a setting to Carbonell's selected poems in his poetry collection of the same title.

 

Perlas Choral Ensemble; Lani Misenas, soprano; Edwin Santayana, tenor; Sharon Bjorndal, piano.

Awit Ng Sidewalk Vendor (Song of the Sidewalk Vendor, 1974)

This was the opening song in the composer's three-act musicale, "Sidewalk Vendor," with his own libretto and music. It was rearranged into a capella format from the original straightforward version for chorus and orchestra. 

 

Perlas Choral Ensemble.

Papuri (Praise)

This is the first of in a trilogy of choral works entitled "Mga Awit ng Pagdakila" (Songs of Homage) that the composer wrote at various times as musical offerings to the Creator. 

 

Perlas Choral Ensemble; Sharon Bjorndal, piano.

Orasyon (Vespers)

This is the second in a trilogy of choral works entitled "Mga Awit ng Pagdakila" (Songs of Homage) that the composer wrote at various times as musical offerings to the Creator. 

 

Perlas Choral Ensemble: Sharon Bjorndal, piano.

Sisa (1968)

This piece for female choir won first prize in the 1968 National Songfest Competition in Manila. It relates the tragic life of the madwoman Sisa, a character in the immortal novel, "Noli Me Tangere" by the Philippine national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal.

Lisa Misenas, soprano; Lisa Florentino, soprano; Ofelia Roman, alto; Cynthia Guerrero de Leon, piano.