Manuel de Falla, with his contemporaries Albeniz, Granados and Rodrigo, is one of Spain's most important composers of the 20th century.
Born: Manuel María de los Dolores Falla y Matheu
23 November 1876, Cadiz, Spain
Father: José María Falla y Franco 1849-1919
Mother: María Jesús Matheu y Zabala 1850-1919
Siblings: Sister: María del Carmen de Falla
Partner: Never married
Died: 14 November 1946, Alta Gracia, Córdoba, Argentina
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest
Grave: Cadiz cathedral, Spain. see findagrave
Style: Nationalist/impressionist to 1920 then neoclassical
- La vida breve (opera)
- The Three-Cornered Hat (ballet)
- Atlàntida (cantata)
- Fantasia Baetica (piano)
- Psyche (cantata)
- Harpsichord Concerto
- Ritual Fire Danse
- Siete canciones populares españolas (voice) - also a piano and violin version.
- Nights In The Gardens of Spain (piano concerto)
- El amor brujo (Love the Magician) (ballet-pantomime)
The Manuel de Falla Google Doodle
for his 134th birthday on 23 November 2010
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Noches en los jardines de España - Parte 1
- "The [guitar is the] instrument most complete and richest in its harmonic and polyphonic possibilities."
- " The harmonious efforts which our guitarists produce unconsciously represent one of the marvels of natural art."
"By conviction and character, I am against the art we could come to call selfish. We have to work for others; simply, without vain or arrogant intentions."
- Age 9: first piano lessons from his mother and grandfather
- Age 13: studies counterpoint and harmony.
- Age 14: Interests in theatre, literature, painting. Creates magazine El Cascabel
- Age 20: studies piano and music in Madrid Conservatory. He studied composition with Felipe Pedrell for three years. Pedrell was a Spanish composer and musicologist who encouraged the revival of Spanish folk and national music. He was also a big influence on Albeniz and Granados.
- Age 31 - 38: Lived in Paris where he associated with Albeniz, Dukas, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky.
- Age 38 (1914): Returned to Spain on the outbreak of the First World War.
- Age 40: Diaghilev commissioned him to write a ballet for the Ballets Russes. The result was 'The Three-Cornered Hat' which was produced in London in 1919 with designs by Picasso and choreography by Massine.
- Age 43: His parents died and he moved to Granada where he lived until the end of the Civil War in 1939.
- Age 64: Moved to Argentina as a reaction against the Franco regime.
- Age 69: Died in Argentina,
Manuel de Falla in Art
La vida breve. Danza Española nº 1.
El Amor Brujo - Danza Ritual del Fuego &
Canción del Fuego Fatuo
The Three-Cornered Hat
El Sombrero de Tres Picos
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