Manuel de Falla


Born: 1876   Died: 1946   Country: Spain   Period: 20th Century
Part Impressionist, and part neo-Classicist, Manuel de Falla is difficult to peg, but he is widely regarded as the most distinguished Spanish composer of the early twentieth century. His output is small but choice, and revolves largely around music for the stage. Falla's reputation is based primarily on two lavishly Iberian ballet scores: El amor brujo (Love, the Magician), from which is drawn the Ritual Fire Dance (a pops favorite, often heard Read more in piano or guitar transcriptions), and the splashy El Sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat). He also gained a permanent place in the concert repertory with his evocative piano concerto, Nights in the Gardens of Spain.

Born in 1876,Falla first took piano lessons from his mother in Cádiz, and later moved to Madrid to continue the piano and to study composition with Felipe Pedrell, the musical scholar who had earlier pointed Isaac Albéniz toward Spanish folk music as a source for his compositions. Pedrell interested Falla in Renaissance Spanish church music, folk music, and native opera. The latter two influences are strongly felt in La Vida breve (Life Is Short), an opera (a sort of Spanish Cavalleria rusticana) for which Falla won a prize in 1905, although the work was not premiered until 1913.

A second significant aesthetic influence resulted from Falla's 1907 move to Paris, where he met and fell under the Impressionist spell of Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, and Maurice Ravel. It was in Paris that he published his first piano pieces and songs. In 1914 Falla was back in Madrid, working on the application of a quasi-Impressionistic idiom to intensely Spanish subjects; El amor brujo drew on Andalusian folk music. Falla wrote another ballet in 1917, El Corregidor y la molinera (The Magistrate and the Miller Girl). Diaghilev persuaded him to expand the score for a ballet by Léonide Massine to be called El sombrero de tres picos, and excerpts from the full score have become a staple of the concert repertory. In between the two ballets came Nights in the Gardens of Spain, a suite of three richly scored impressions for piano and orchestra, again evoking Andalusia.

In the 1920s, Falla altered his stylistic direction, coming under the influence of Stravinsky's Neo-Classicism. Works from this period include the puppet opera El retablo de Maese Pedro (The Altarpiece of Maese Pedro), based on an episode from Don Quixtote, and a harpsichord concerto, with the folk inspiration now Castilian rather than Andalusian. After 1926 he essentially retired, living first in Mallorca and, from 1939, in Argentina. He was essentially apolitical, but the rise of fascism in Spain contributed to his decision to remain in Latin America after traveling there for a conducting engagement. He spent his final years in the Argentine desert, at work on a giant cantata, Atlántida, which remained unfinished at his death in 1946. Read less

Work: Canciones populares españolas (7): no 5, Nana

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  • 26.
    Casals Encores / Alban Gerhardt, Cecile Licad
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 67831 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Popper,  Claude Debussy,  Benjamin Godard,  Giovanni Sgambati  ... 
    Performer:  Alban Gerhardt,  Cecile Licad
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  • 27.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 46 - The Final Recital
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61777 Release Date: 05/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  César Franck,  Richard Strauss,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ernest Bloch  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith
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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 31 - Benjamin, Stravinsky, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61762 Release Date: 02/07/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arthur Benjamin,  Igor Stravinsky,  Reinhold Gliere,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Eger,  Jascha Heifetz,  William Primrose,  Gregor Piatigorsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Izler Solomon,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Habanera / Elina Garanca
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001477702 Release Date: 10/25/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco Barbieri,  Georges Bizet,  Franz Lehár,  Michael Balfe  ... 
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Roberto Alagna,  Alessandro Milani,  J. M Gallardo Del Rey  ... 
    Conductor:  Karel Mark Chichon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra Milan,  Turin Teatro Regio Chorus
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    Childhood Memories
    Label: Caro Mitis   Catalog: 22007 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Alexander Dolzhenko,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nika Lundstrem,  Mikhael Tsinman
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  • 31.
    Montserrat Caballe - Casta Diva
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 23675 Release Date: 05/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Richard Strauss,  Manuel de Falla,  Federico Mompou  ... 
    Performer:  Montserrat Caballé
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    Pleasure Songs For Flute / Ransom Wilson
    Label: Emi Studio   Catalog: 69069 Release Date: 12/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Ransom Wilson,  Nancy Allen
    Conductor:  Ransom Wilson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra
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    Iberica / Anne Gastinel, Pablo Marquez
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5182 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Enrique Granados,  Gaspar Cassadó
    Performer:  Pablo Marquez,  Anne Gastinel
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    Iberiana - Granados, Falla, Debussy, Ravel, Etc / Maxine Neuman, Peter Ernst
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Jules Massenet,  Henri Casadesus  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Ernst,  Maxine Neuman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Claremont Duo
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    Salut d'amour / Anne Akiko Meyers, Sandra Rivers
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62546 Release Date: 02/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Flausino R. do Vale,  Manuel de Falla,  Kosaku Yamada,  Rentauro Taki  ... 
    Performer:  Sandra Rivers,  Anne Akiko Meyers
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  • 36.
    Of Heart And Homeland / Duo Concertante
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 1025 Release Date: 01/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Leos Janácek,  Astor Piazzolla,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Dahn,  Timothy Steeves
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Duo Concertante
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  • 37.
    Diablo Y Tango: Exotic Love Songs & Dances
    Label: Larget-caplan & Altschuler   Catalog: 5637200957 Release Date: 12/18/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Astor Piazzolla
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  • 38.
    Fairy Tale / Dubeau, Baril, La Pieta
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 28726 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  François Dompierre,  George David Weiss,  Joe Hisaishi,  Ennio Morricone  ... 
    Performer:  Angčle Dubeau,  Louise-Andrée Baril
    Conductor:  Angčle Dubeau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Pieta
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    Violonchello Espanol / Turovsky, I Musici
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 22006 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Cassadó,  Alexander Glazunov,  Isaac Albeniz,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Yuli Turovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici de Montreal,  I Musici
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    Invocation To The Night / Figueras, Savall, Hesperion XXI, Le Concert Des Nations, Et Al
    Label: Alia Vox   Catalog: 9861 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Savall,  Andrew Lawrence-King,  Montserrat Figueras,  Ferran Savall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert des Nations,  Hespčrion XXI,  La Capella Reial de Catalunya
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    Pan Flute Classics Vol 2 - Frescobaldi, Villa-lobos, Piazzolla, Etc / Michel Tirabosco, Et Al
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1242 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Girolamo Frescobaldi,  Francis-Paul Demillac,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  G. Vassilev,  K. Goudeva,  Michel Tirabosco,  A. Domínguez
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    Mendelssohn: Songs Without Words;  Mozart, Etc / Kollé, Vollmer
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7316 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Gabriel Fauré,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Jasmine Vollmer,  Andrea Kollé
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  • 43.
    Marilyn Horne - The Complete Decca Recitals
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001089302 Release Date: 04/15/2008   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Al Piantadosi,  Hugo Wolf,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Performer:  Marilyn Horne,  Martin Katz,  Osian Ellis
    Conductor:  Henry Lewis,  Carl Davis,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Opera Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Dances - Brahms, Chopin, Falla, Etc / Natalia Khoma, Volodymyr Vynnytsky
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 149 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Enrique Granados,  Manuel de Falla,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Natalia Khoma,  Volodymyr Vynnytsky,  Béla Bartók
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  • 45.
    Victoria De Los Angeles - Spanish Songs
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7947 Release Date: 03/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joaquin Nin,  Traditional,  Anonymous,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Moore,  Victoria de los Angeles,  Renata Tarragó
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  • 46.
    Bizet: Carmen Suite;  Falla: Dances / Los Romeros
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412609 Release Date: 01/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ruperto Chapi,  Manuel de Falla,  Federico Moreno-Torroba,  Georges Bizet
    Performer:  Celin Romero,  Angel Romero,  Pepe Romero,  Celedonio Romero
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Romeros
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  • 47.
    Fascinating Rhythms / Saint Louis Brass Quintet
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 195 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anthony Plog,  Anonymous,  Joey Sellers,  Juan Ponçe  ... 
    Performer:  Allan Dean,  Daniel Perantoni,  Melvyn Jernigan,  Thomas Bacon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Brass Quintet
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    Anthology of Song II: Kirsten Flagstad, Walter Widdop, Frieda Hempel
    Label: Symposium   Catalog: 1357 Release Date: 11/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Franz Schubert,  Carl Loewe,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Brodersen,  Kirsten Flagstad,  Sarah Jane Charles-Cahier,  Diane van Demmelen  ... 
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    Lullabies / Olga Sala I Martin, Ana Garcia Urcola
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 2077 Release Date: 08/21/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Eduardo Toldrá,  Federico Garcia Lorca,  Joan Lamote De Grignon  ... 
    Performer:  Ana Garcia Urcola,  Olga Sala
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    Bartók: Violin Sonata No 2;  Bach, Stravinsky, Etc / Schwarz
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2819 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Igor Stravinsky,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Tim Schwarz,  Charity Wicks,  Rié Suzuki,  David Pasbrig  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tripod Trio
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