These Five Philippine Folk Songs for solo piano are little renderings of songs I grew up hearing in my native country. They are somewhat tongue-in-cheek and meant to be taken lightly. The first three songs are rather straightforward (though the second one begins to hint at surprises to come); by the fourth, a familiar motif gives way to a quotation from Mahler's first symphony. And finally, the fifth song keeps wanting to break out into the Waldstein sonata.
16 March 2016, The Juilliard School, New York, NY
Joshua Cerdenia, piano