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”.
Producer: Pete Myers
Broadcast: January 18, 1992
We apologise for a sound defect after about 25 minutes into the recording.