Manuel Ponce

Born 8 December 1882. Died 24 April 1948
Manuel Ponce
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Manuel Ponce

Manuel Ponce Biography (BBC)

Manuel Ponce was the leading Mexican musician of his age, and a major figure in helping to develop a recognisable national style. He was born into a musical family in 1882, studying first with his sister Josefína and later in Mexico City and Bologna (where he was for a short time a student of Puccini’s teacher, Cesare Dall’Olio). In 1907 he moved back to Mexico, earning a living primarily through teaching the piano, latterly at the National Conservatory in Mexico City.

His own music was beginning to gain recognition, and the premiere of his Piano Concerto (at which he was the soloist) in 1912 marked him out as the key musical figure in contemporary Mexico. The following year he gave a lecture called ‘La musica y la canción mexicana’. This was published soon after, and was a catalyst for the Mexican ‘nationalist’ school. Political life became difficult during the years of the Mexican Revolution (1910–20), and Ponce moved to Havana – a refuge for many artists and intellectuals – from 1915 to 1917.

After returning to Mexico, he continued to teach the piano and conducted the National Symphony Orchestra, which was responsible for a large number of premieres. He also launched the first of his publishing ventures, a magazine named Revista musical de México. He returned to Europe, settling in Paris in 1925. Here, despite his acclaim at home, he took lessons with Dukas until 1933, also founding a Spanish-language magazine, Gaceta musical. While in Paris he met Segovia, for whom he wrote many works which have since become a staple of the guitar repertory.

Returning to Mexico in 1933, he became Director of the National Conservatory and wrote prolifically on many musical subjects. Major works from this period include Chapultepec (1934), Merlín (1938) and the Violin Concerto (1943).

He died in 1948, a year after being honoured with the Premio Nacional de Artes. Ponce left behind a prodigious body of music, wide-ranging in style as well as genre. In addition to songs and many works for solo piano, his abiding interest in Mexican folk music (he was an avid collector of native songs, helping to preserve his folk culture in the same way as Bartók and Grieg did in their respective countries) emergesin such works as the symphonic poem Ferial. His interest in Impressionism can be seen in works such as Chapultepec, while the near-atonality of his Sonata for violin and viola shows the breadth of his personal style.

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Sonatina Meridional
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Sonata Mexicana - movement IV - Allegro
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Sonata Mexicana - movement IV - Allegro
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Estrellita
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Estrellita
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Guitar Preludes Nos 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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Guitar Preludes Nos 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
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2 Canciones Mexicanas: ii. Estrellita
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2 Canciones Mexicanas: ii. Estrellita
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Valse
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Valse
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Scherzino mexicano
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Scherzino mexicano
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Estrillata
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Estrillata
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Concierto del Sur
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Concierto del Sur
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Estrellita arr. Heifetz
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Estrellita arr. Heifetz
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Scherzino mexicano
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Scherzino mexicano
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Little Star (Estrellita)
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Little Star (Estrellita)
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Estrellita
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Estrellita

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Bolivar Soloists
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Concierto del sur
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Concierto del sur
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Danzas I, II from Cuatro danza mexicanas (4 Mexican Dances)
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Danzas I, II from Cuatro danza mexicanas (4 Mexican Dances)
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Ferial
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Ferial

Ferial

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San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra
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Zaeth Ritter
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Estrellita
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Estrellita
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Estrellita
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Estrellita
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Intermezzo
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Intermezzo
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Concierto Del Sur
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Concierto Del Sur
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Variations On A Theme Of Cabezon
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Variations On A Theme Of Cabezon
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Poema Elegiaco
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Poema Elegiaco

Poema Elegiaco

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Mexico State S O
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Ferial - Divertimento Sinfonico
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Ferial - Divertimento Sinfonico

Ferial - Divertimento Sinfonico

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San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra
Conductor
Zaeth Ritter
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4 Mexican Dances For Piano
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4 Mexican Dances For Piano
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Concerto for violin and orchestra
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Concerto for violin and orchestra

Concerto for violin and orchestra

Orchestra
Polish R S O.
Conductor
Jan Krenz
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Sonatina Meridional
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Sonatina Meridional
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Theme Varie Et Finale
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Theme Varie Et Finale
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Preludios encadenados
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Preludios encadenados
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Variations On A Theme Of Paganini
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Variations On A Theme Of Paganini
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