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Maria Bonita

By Agustin Lara - Digital Sheet Music

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Maria Bonita by Agustin Lara - Digital Sheet Music
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One of Mexico's seminal songwriters during the pre-war era, Agustin Lara wrote favorites including "Granada," "Solamente una Vez," "Maria Bonita," "Farolito," and "Palabras de Mujer." Lara excelled in a variety of song styles — ranchera, bolero, tropical songs, even the occasional tango — and brought a cosmopolitan flair to the Old West while enervating many early Mexican films with his rich music. Born in 1897 in Mexico City (though he would often place Veracruz as his birthplace), Lara took piano lessons and ended up playing in a bordello until his father sent him to military school. He was soon back in the music world however, playing piano around Mexico City and, by 1928, having his compositions recorded. ("Imposible" was the first, by Adelaido Castelleda's orchestra.) He wrote most of his legendary songs between 1930 and 1939, while touring around South America and performing often on national radio. He also began composing for film, and contributed much to a golden era of Mexican film (basically from the mid-'30s to the late '40s) that roughly paralleled America's. During the '50s and early '60s, Lara cemented his international star status by touring Europe to wide acclaim. Though his popularity diminished in the '60s, he stepped back into the limelight several times before his death from a heart attack in 1970. Dozens of artists have performed Lara's songs, including Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Lola Beltran, and Celia Cruz. On the centenary of his birth, Placido Domingo recorded a full album of Lara compositions, Por Amor.

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Title: Maria Bonita
By Agustin Lara
Instruments: Piano
  Voice, range: G3-D5
   
Scoring: Piano/Vocal/Guitar
   
Original Published Key: C Major
   
   
Product Type: MusicnotesWhat's This?Musicnotes File:
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Product #: MN0044519
Pages: 4
   
   
Lyrics Begin: The stars were low over Mexico
   

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By Agustin Lara
Additional performers: Julio Iglesias
  Perez Prado
   
Pages: 4
Form: Song
   
Instruments: Piano
  Voice, range: G3-D5
   
Scoring: Piano/Vocal/Guitar
   
Original Published Key: C Major
   
   
Product Type: MusicnotesWhat's This?Musicnotes File:
Instantly printable digital sheet music plus a PC-compatible interactive, downloadable sheet music file.
Product #: MN0044519
   
Tempo: Bright Latin Rhythm
Metronome: h = 120
   
   
Styles: Latin Pop
  Cuban
  Mexican
  Latin Continuum
   

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Composer: Agustin Lara
Lyricist: Agustin Lara
   
Date: 1947
   
Publisher: Peer International Corporation
   
   
Product Type: MusicnotesWhat's This?Musicnotes File:
Instantly printable digital sheet music plus a PC-compatible interactive, downloadable sheet music file.
Product #: MN0044519
   
Lyrics Begin: The stars were low over Mexico
   
From the Album: Famous Mexican Songs 1930-1940
   

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