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Falla
La vida breve
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Act I
Act II
Vida breve, La (The Short Life)
  • Manuel de Falla. Lyric drama in two acts. 1905.
  • Libretto by Fernández Shaw.
  • First performance at the Municipal Casino, Nice, on 1st April 1913.
CHARACTERS
Salud, a gypsy girl soprano
Paco, her lover tenor
Her Grandmother mezzo-soprano
Uncle Sarvaor bass
Carmela, Paco's bride mezzo-soprano
Manuel, her brother baritone

Salud and Paco are lovers, but he agrees to marry a girl of his own richer class, Carmela. The wedding takes place, observed, from the street, by Salud. Her uncle Sarvaor offers to entertain the wedding-guests and Salud comes forward to accuse Paco, before falling down dead.

De Falla's opera is set in Granada and includes a series of dances that have appeared in a number of arrangements, notably, in the case of the first dance, that for violin and piano by Fritz Kreisler. Orchestral excerpts include the prelude and one or more dances.

 


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