In the NAXOS Music Library, find and listen to a song composed by Manuel Maria Ponce. It doesn’t matter which song. Part of this first listening assignment is simply to make sure that you know how to find, access, and listen to music from the Naxos Music Library, and then also include the details that follow. Tell me which song you listened to, basic characteristics of the song (title, length of song, instruments and voices played, composer, artist(s) performing, general sound of the music, and your academic reaction to it [thoughts about it, mood it created in you, etc]), and a URL link to it. Note that although the instructions ask for this “basic” information, you should write in a way that let’s me know you actively listened to the music!

Review of the song “Estrellita” by Manuel María Ponce Cuéllar

Mexican composer, Manuel María Ponce Cuéllar was an active musician in the 20th century. Ponce was born on December 8th, 1882. He died on 24 of April 1948. Apart from music composition, Ponce worked as a scholar of Mexican music and an educator. The majority of his compositions are mainly affected by the connections and form of traditional songs.

Ponce composed Estrellita in 1912. The arrangement of the song was done by Jascha Heifetz. The duration of the track is three minutes. The composer is the artist and he uses violin and piano. Taking the monolog, Ponce sets it against an opening melody which soon covers the whole octave.

Estrellita is a story of a female voice which talks about her love for a man not named. The singer tells the little star of the distress of her extreme love. In the last three lines of the two stanzas, the singer requests Estrellita to descend to the earth to reveal to her if her love could be rewarded. However, for the second stanza, the opening gesture is somewhat different in tone. In some broad triplets, she mulls her approaching death from heartache.

In my opinion, Estrellita is a music is full of tenderness and warm contentedness. Throughout the song, the melody is maintained tender and intense. The resonant strains of the violin carry the line to greater heights reminding listeners of the confidence being expressed to the star solitaire. Additionally,  I think that the arrangement is far beyond simply adapting the voice side for violin.

Work cited

Otero, Corazón. Manuel M. Ponce and the guitar. Vol. 3. Bold Strummer Limited, 1994.

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