Notes from the New World: Music from the Americas, Part 3 of 6 – Manuel Ponce

Sheet music for “Estrellita” (© Flickr/

Marking the 500th anniversary of the arrival in America of Christopher Columbus in 1492, Pete Myers takes us on a fascinating tour of the classical music that was created and inspired by the Americas. This programme presents the music of Manuel Ponce (1882-1948), a Mexican composer who linked the folk traditions of his native culture with the classical idiom. His many songs, compositions for the piano and guitar, and orchestral works include South America’s single most popular song, “Estrellita”.
We apologize for a defect in the sound after about 25 minutes into the broadcast.

Produced and presented by Pete Myers

First Broadcast 18 January, 1992