Ugoy ng Duyan

PERFORMANCE: DOCTORAL RECITAL
PERFORMERS: Joseph Legaspi, baritone & Davis Hart, piano

Translated as "Sway of The Cradle", this striking piece is punctuated with a surprising sorrow unexpected from a lullaby. Its tender melody calls to mind the calm of childhood sleep, with a soothing rhythm that mimics the lull of a rocking cradle. However, these serene aspects belie the yearning that is evident throughout the work. The text first presents an adult persona nostalgic of his innocent past. The emotion eventually melds into his longing for the comfort found only in his mother's arms. Such a longing is reminiscent in Brahms' Heimweh II or 'Homesickness II' (with text by Klaus Groth).

Ugoy Ng Duyan, which he composed while on his way home to Philippines aboard a ship with master lyricist Levi Celerio (who penned the words after Maestro San Pedro set down the melody). "Sa Ugoy Ng Duyan," now a classic Filipino lullaby, also forms the fourth movement of his most famous orchestral work, "Suite Pastorale," which pays tribute to his hometown to Angono.

Ugoy ng Duyan

Sana'y di nagmaliw ang dati kong araw
Nang munti pang bata sa piling ni nanay
Nais kong maulit ang awit ni inang mahal
Awit ng pag-ibig habang ako'y nasa duyan

Sana'y di nagmaliw ang dati kong araw
Nang munti pang bata sa piling ni nanay
Nais kong maulit ang awit ni inang mahal
Awit ng pag-ibig habang ako'y nasa duyan

Sa aking pagtulog na labis ang himbing
Ang bantay ko'y tala, ang tanod ko'y bituin
Sa piling ni nanay, langit ay buhay
Puso kong may dusa sabik sa ugoy ng duyan

Sana'y di nagmaliw ang dati kong araw
Nang munti pang bata sa piling ni nanay
Nais kong maulit ang awit ni inang mahal
Awit ng pag-ibig habang ako'y nasa duyan

Sa aking pagtulog na labis ang himbing
Ang bantay ko'y tala, ang tanod ko'y bituin
Sa piling ni nanay, langit ay buhay
Puso kong may dusa sabik sa ugoy ng duyan

Ibig kong matulog sa dating duyan ko, inang
Oh! inang

The Sway of the Cradle

If only my past had not vanished
When I was but little in the arms of my mother
I long to hear again the song of my beloved mother
That song of love while I was still in the cradle

If only my past had not vanished
When I was but little in the arms of my mother
I long to hear again the song of my beloved mother
That song of love while I was still in the cradle

In my blissful sleep
My guardian was the heavens; my protector, the stars
In the arms of my mother, the sky was alive
My heart yearns for the sway of the cradle

If only my past had not vanished
When I was but little in the arms of my mother
I long to hear again the song of my beloved mother
That song of love while I was still in the cradle

In my blissful sleep
My guardian was the heavens; my protector, the stars
In the arms of my mother, the sky was alive
My heart yearns for the sway of the cradle

I long to sleep in my cradle before, beloved mother
Oh! Beloved mother!



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