Personalities | Manuel de Falla | Modern Era | Classical
(Man’-wel da Fa’-ya) 1876–1946
Falla first trained as a pianist and had written five zarzuelas (Spanish light operas) before studying composition with Felipe Pedrell (1841–1922), who influenced him profoundly with his insistence that Spanish composers should write ‘Spanish music with a view of Europe’. Falla then moved to Paris, where Ravel and Debussy influenced the exquisite orchestral colour of his Nights in the Gardens of Spain (1915). His two vivid ballet scores, Love the Magician (1915) and The Three-Cornered Hat (1917), made him internationally famous, but his later works are deeply marked by his admiration for Stravinsky and by his own increasingly austere religious views. Most of them are pungent and epigrammatic, save the dramatic oratorio Atlántida (finished after his death by a pupil).
The Three-Cornered Hat, Love the Magician, soloists, Montreal SO (cond) Charles Dutoit (Decca)
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