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Boleros

 

   The Boricua Musical Corner 

 

 



Updated February 10, 2001
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El Ultimo Suspiro 

This masterpiece, as many others from the 20th century, was written by Rafael Hernandez.

Sequenced by Rene Ramos

 
Que Sera

Sung by Jose Feliciano, it is a demonstration that the Puerto Rican talent goes beyond the natural senses and reaches to touch the very human soul.

Sequenced by Anonimous


   
Que Te Pedi

A song by the well known singer of the 60's La Lupe.  She was of Cuban origin but what made her stand out was that she didn't build her musical fame amid the Miami expatriate community but within the Puerto Rican immigrant community of New York. Her music was their music. Her musical style was the musical style of a Puerto Rican musician.  

Sequenced by Anonimous


  
Lamento Borincano (Boricua Lament) 

Great works of art, including the musical arts mean for the Puerto Ricans great love for our island. This bolero, written by Rafael Hernandez, depicts not only his love for the island but also his profound preoccupation for the changes that can destroy the character of the Puerto Ricans.

Sequenced by Rene Ramos


  
Perfume de Gardenia (Gardenia Perfume) 

The look from the eyes of the object of love awakes a feeling of smelling certain flowery fragrance associated with love. And love and anything associated with it is always the theme of the bolero. This bolero was written by Rafael Hernandez.

Sequenced by Rene Ramos



Campanitas de Cristal  (Small Glass Bells)

One of the better known tunes from the musical genius of Aguadilla that has given us so many musical gems in so many musical styles. "when the winter breeze gets through my windows I hear like an angel with silk hands was playing a song".  Rafael Hernandez had as one of his great distinctions the power to translate little details of life into music that reached, and still reaches the soul.

Sequenced by Maria Elena Alcala


     
Esperame en el Cielo corazon (Wait for me in heaven)

To this date there are at least  76 different recordings of this song in various coutries and with different musical arrangements, even as a tango. In English it is called  "The Door to Yesterday" and has been redorded by Andy Russell.  It was written  by Francisco Lopez Vidal for a bolero arrangement based on an inspiration from a casual conversation with a widower. 

Midi by courtesy of


     
Triste Navidad (Sad Christmas)

Christmas is a happy occasion for all but those that are apart from a loved one. For them it a source of unspeakable sadness better expressed through music. This melody was composed by Rafael Hernandez showing that music is the language of the feelings, even of those of sadness.

Midi by courtesy of


  
Amor Perdido (Lost Love)

This is a very popular song from the golden age of bolero and from one of the best composers of this age. It was composed by Pedro Flores, a composer that though earlier in his life that his calling was anything but music but ended being one of the best Latin American writer-composers of the XX century.

Midi by courtesy of

  
Soñando con Puerto Rico 

This bolero is also from a child of the golden age of bolero, Bobbi Capo, .

Sequenced by Juan Carlos Ramos (Rene's brother)

  
Nave sin rumbo 

This bolero is from one of the best romantic song writers that the island has produced and a founding member of the Puerto Rican Associotion of Song Writers, golden children of the Golden age of bolero, Sylvia Rexach

Sequenced by Juan Carlos Ramos (Rene's brother)


    
Genesis

This song in the voice of Lucesita Benites and from the pen of the Puerto Rican composer Guillermo Venegas Lloveras rose to become the winner of the 1969 voice and song festival held in Mexico. Taking from a biblical theme it has all the characteristics desirable in a successful festival entry. Far superior than all the other entries (and there were many good ones).

Sequence provided by Pagina de Guillermo Venegas Lloveras (arr.by Rene Ramos)