This famous bolero written in 1945 was dedicated by the Cuban pianist and composer Isolina Carrillo to her husband, the baritone Guillermo Arronte.
In the author’s words: “Dos Gardenias rests on a subjugating melody full of grace and sincerity”.
I can not agree more, because the angular intervals of this bolero make it unique. The lyrics are the sincere photograph of the times of love through the gift of two flowers… the unstable intervals in certain places underpins that feeling of fragility, of something that can in fact die easily. The masterful use of the spaces and the dosage of the melodic phrases make possible a very generous amount of re-harmonization (as in this version that I share with you).
The Puerto Rican Daniel Santos was the first to record it and popularize it (with the masterful orchestration of Pérez Prado). The most famous interpretations of Dos Gardenias were those of Nat King Cole, Antonio Machín and Omara Portuondo.