HomeAnuaryo/Annales: Journal of Historyvol. 16 no. 1 (1997)

The Music of the Philippine Revolution

Antonio C. Hila

Discipline: History, Music



The music of the revolution ranges from the patriotic march to melancholic and sentimental kundiman.

There is a theory that the reason for the passionate and ardent feelings contained in the kundiman is the Spanish suppression of anything pertaining to nationalism. The kundiman then became a medium for expressing love for one’s country as symbolized by romantic love.