Sa Dakong Sikatan (SATB)
A polyphonic piece with an ethereal texture in archaic Tagalog. This piece introduces a modal melody that resembles an old singing practice called kumintang. It captures the feel of tempo di Pattong, a gong-playing tradition in the northern mountains of the Philippines. Jose Rizal wrote the poem En El Bello Oriente while he was in exile from the Philippines. It is about a person’s loneliness when separated from home and family and native land. Sa Dakong Sikatan is Rizal’s own translation of the poem into Tagalog.