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

This programme is part of the series Notes from the New World
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”.

Producer: Pete Myers

Broadcast: January 18, 1992

We apologise for a sound defect after about 25 minutes into the recording.


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