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Por Ti Mi Corazón & Tientos de la Bahía

Por Tí Mi Corazón. Composed by Manuel Ponce (1882-1948, Mexico) and performed by Edson Lopes.

Ponce was a Mexican composer who wrote primarily for guitar and piano. His work centered on composing music based on traditional and popular Mexican folkloric music for classical instruments and ensembles. This piece, for example, is part of his collection of works titled Canciones Populares Mexicanas (Popular Mexican Songs) which he wrote ca. 1925-1926. Por Ti Mi Corazón is a standard in the classical guitar repertoire and is considered an advanced piece due to the use of counterpoint and complex rhythms.


Tientos de la Bahía (tientos). Composed & performed by Paco Peña.

The tientos is a 4/4 style of flamenco that has its roots in another flamenco style called the tanguillo de Cádiz which originated in the mid-1800s in the province of Cádiz, Spain. The tanguillo is a fast, polyrhythmic musical form that combines 2/4, 3/4, and 6/8 meters. The tientos is identical to the tanguillo rhythmically but much slower (i.e., 70-90 BPM) and written in the Spanish Phrygian mode rather than in the major or minor keys in which the tanguillos were originally written. Like almost all flamenco forms, the tientos was (and still is) predominantly a style for guitar and voice. Here Paco Peña performs a very traditional instrumental version.


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