Manuel Ponce

Biography

Born: Dec 8, 1882; Mexico   Died: Apr 24, 1948; Mexico   Period: 20th Century
Manuel Ponce was a Mexican pianist and composer whose style underwent a profound change in midlife; his works are clearly divisible into two types. The earlier style was derived primarily from the brilliant salon style of Moszkowski and Chaminade, and is represented by numerous light works for the piano and a huge quantity of sentimental songs. After studying with Dukas, Ponce developed a style that combined French Impressionism and neo-Classical Read more contrapuntal techniques. Most of his guitar music and the majority of his more serious and larger works were written in this style. In addition to the songs and early piano works, Ponce composed a piano concerto, several large symphonic works for orchestra, the Concierto del sur for guitar and orchestra, which was premiered by Segovia, some chamber music, two piano sonatas, and a large quantity of guitar music.
Born in 1882, Ponce had no important teachers during his childhood in Mexico. In 1895 he was made organist of Saint Diego, Aguascalientes, and in 1900 he went to Mexico City to study piano with Vicente Mañes. From 1901 until 1904 he supported himself as an organist, teacher and music critic back in Aguascalientes. Ponce left for Europe in 1904, giving his first recital abroad in St. Louis on the way. He stayed in Berlin, teaching and concertizing until his return to Mexico City in 1909 to succeed Castro as the piano instructor at the Mexico City Conservatory. During this time, his compositions became fairly popular in Latin countries, and his renown grew; he became conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1917-1919. In 1925, Ponce moved to Paris and edited a music periodical; it was during this period that he studied with Dukas and reformulated his compositional style. He returned to Mexico in 1933, and remained there until his death. Many of Ponce's earlier works have faded into obscurity, but some of his songs, particularly Estrellita (1914), became enormously popular, and are still occasionally performed. Although most of his guitar pieces have become part of the standard repertory, his major works are seldom performed outside of Mexico. Read less
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  • 1.
    John Williams: The Beginning of a Legend, Vol. 3
    Label: Idi   Catalog: IDIS6736 Release Date: 06/21/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Manuel Ponce,  Traditional,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  John Williams,  Wilfred Brown
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    The Alexandre Lagoya Edition: Complete Phliips & RCA Records
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4840567 Release Date: 06/14/2019   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Alonso de Mudarra,  Gaspar Sanz,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Lagoya,  Ida Presti
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    Dance Through the Centuries / Min Kwon
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1595 Release Date: 06/11/2019  
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gottlieb Muffat,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Min Kwon
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    Guitar Recital / Cordova
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573972 Release Date: 05/10/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Johann Kaspar Mertz,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Alejandro Córdova
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    Guitar Recital / Kocic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573906 Release Date: 02/08/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Giulio Regondi,  Manuel Ponce,  Marek Pasieczny
    Performer:  Vojin Kocić
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    Guitar Fantasia / Segovia
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1395 Release Date: 12/14/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Manuel Ponce,  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Heitor Villa-Lobos  ... 
    Performer:  Andrés Segovia
    Conductor:  Enrique Jorda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air
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    Estrellita / Urioste, Poster
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2428 Release Date: 10/05/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Liszt,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Elena Urioste,  Tom Poster
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    The Golden Age / Chen
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002844102 Release Date: 06/08/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erik Satie,  Fritz Kreisler,  Manuel Ponce,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Ray Chen,  Julien Quentin
    Conductor:  Robert Trevino
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Made In Berlin,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Stephen Hough's Dream Album
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68176 Release Date: 06/01/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stephen Hough,  Henry Love,  Julius Isserlis,  Léon Fyodorovich Minkus  ... 
    Performer:  Stephen Hough
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  • 10.
    Homage / Frang, Gallardo
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 564147 Release Date: 11/24/2017  
    Composer:  Franz Ries,  Robert Schumann,  Henri Wieniawski,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vilde Frang,  José Gallardo
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    BBC Legends, Vol. 2
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5141 Release Date: 10/20/2017   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Eugène Ysaÿe,  Niccolò Paganini,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Nathan Milstein,  Ernest Lush  ... 
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Rudolf Schwarz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    50th Anniversary Michele Pittaluga Guitar Competition
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573850 Release Date: 09/08/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikita Koshkin,  Joaquin Rodrigo,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Manuel Ponce  ... 
    Performer:  Artyom Dervoed,  Petrit Ceku,  Irina Kulikova,  András Csáki  ... 
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    Ponce: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 / Cendoya
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 764 Release Date: 06/09/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce
    Performer:  Alvaro Cendoya
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  • 14.
    Anthology of Classical Guitar Music
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95480 Release Date: 05/26/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Robert de Visée,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Domenico Cimarosa  ... 
    Performer:  Krishnasol Jiménez,  Luigi Attademo,  Claudio Giuliani,  Sara Ligas  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quartett Orfeo,  Claude Quartet
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    The Key Collection: 3 Centuries of Rare Keyboard Gems
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 75355 Release Date: 03/10/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Christian Gottlob Neefe,  Daniel Gottlob Turk,  Leopold Anton Kozeluch,  Johann Baptist Vanhal  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Kagan,  Michael Tsalka,  Kemp English,  Biliana Tzinlikova  ... 
    Conductor:  Kerry Stratton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Invencia Piano Duo
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  • 16.
    Invocaciones II & III / Duo Mexico con Brio
    Label: Urtext   Catalog: 260 Release Date: 09/30/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Leonardo Velazquez,  E. Hernández Moncada,  Rodolfo Halffter  ... 
    Performer:  Evangelina Reyes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dúo México con Brio
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    Romantic Journey: Music for Violin & Piano / Lin, Jin
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1613 Release Date: 09/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Jules Massenet,  Eugène Ysaÿe  ... 
    Performer:  Haoli Lin,  Hai Jin
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  • 18.
    The Art of the Guitar
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555261 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Fernando Sor,  Narciso Yepes,  Francisco Tarrega,  Miguel Llobet  ... 
    Performer:  Turibio Santos,  Pierre Laniau,  Ernesto Bitetti,  Wulfin Lieske  ... 
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    Dance Passion / Leticia Gomez-Tagle
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38183 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Johannes Brahms,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Leticia Gomez-Tagle
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    El Aleph: 20th & 21st Century Guitar Music / Gregoriadou
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3490 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernande Peyrot,  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Manuel Ponce,  Hans Werner Henze  ... 
    Performer:  Smaro Gregoriadou
    Conductor:  Helmut Oesterreich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Open Source Guitars
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    Ponce: Guitar Music, Vol 4 / Perroy
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573285 Release Date: 02/12/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce
    Performer:  Judicael Perroy
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  • 22.
    Latin-american Duos
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3423 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Floro M. Ugarte,  William Bolcom,  Manuel Ponce,  Astor Piazzolla  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Schuppener,  Oscar Macchioni
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    Ponce: Guitar Music, Vol. 3 - Four Guitar Sonatas / Alexsandr Tsiboulski
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573284 Release Date: 10/09/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce
    Performer:  Aleksandr Tsiboulski
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  • 24.
    A Tribute To Jascha Heifetz
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552412 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Riccardo Drigo,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 25.
    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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