Chabuca Granda: La Flor de la Canela

Written by Gabriela Lena Frank


In category: Song of the Day

Published October 17, 2016

It is a real pleasure to be working with the marvelous musicians and staff of the New York Festival of Song! I’m happy to be a guest blogger this week, sharing my love of music and the human voice with readers, and will start off with a gentle yet quietly powerful bang: La Flor de la Canela (Cinnamon Flower) composed and performed by Chabuca Granda (1920-1983), a creator and proponent of criollo “valsos” (waltzes) infused with Afro-Peruvian rhythms.  This is one of her most famous numbers, the unofficial anthem of Perú’s capital, Lima, and recorded by countless artists.

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A native Californian (born in Berkeley) of mixed Peruvian, Chinese, Lithuanian, and Jewish descent, Gabriela Lena Frank explores her multicultural heritage ardently through her compositions. Her pieces refract her studies of Latin American folklore, incorporating poetry, mythology, and native musical styles into a western classical framework uniquely her own. We are thrilled that Gabriela will curate and host NYFOS Next: Gabriela Lena Frank & Friends at National Sawdust on November 2. Get your tickets today!


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