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MANUEL DE FALLA  

(1876 - 1946)

The music of Spain has exercised an exotic fascination, but often in forms adapted by foreign composers. Manuel de Falla is representative of a group of Spanish composers who won international recognition. He was born in 1876 in Cádiz, where he first studied, moving later to Madrid and then to Paris, returning to Madrid when war broke out in 1914. Strongly influenced by the traditional Andalusian cante jondo, he settled in Granada, where his friends included the poet Federico García Lorca. The Civil War of 1936 found de Falla neutral in the struggle, but in 1939 he moved to Buenos Aires. There, he continued work on his ambitious stage work Atlántida, which remained unfinished at the time of his death in 1946.

Stage Works

Manuel de Falla helped to support his family in Madrid after a change in their fortunes by composing zarzuelas, typically Spanish musical comedies. His first substantial stage work was the lyric drama La vida breve (‘The Short Life’), completed in 1905 and first staged in Nice in 1913. The ballet El amor brujo (‘Love the Magician’), with its ghostly story of gypsy jealousy, was first staged in Madrid two years later. The ballet El sombrero de tres picos (‘The Three-Cornered Hat’) reached its final form for its London production under the impresario Diaghilev in 1919. The puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro (‘Master Peter’s Puppet Show’), based on an episode in the classical Cervantes novel Don Quixote, was completed in 1922. There are popular orchestral suites from the first three of these four works.

Orchestral Music

In addition to the concert version of El amor brujo and two suites from El sombrero de tres picos made by the composer, Manuel de Falla wrote an evocatively beautiful work for solo piano and orchestra under the title Noches en los jardines de España (‘Nights in the Gardens of Spain’), completed in 1915.

Vocal Music

In 1915 de Falla also completed his arrangement of seven Spanish folk songs, Siete canciones populares españolas, now familiar not only in the original vocal version but in other arrangements (particularly an effective arrangement for violin and piano).

Chamber Music

Among chamber works by de Falla may be included the Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin and Cello, which makes use of the early keyboard instrument that had played an important part in his puppet opera El retablo de Maese Pedro.

Piano Music

Piano works occupy a less important element among the compositions of Manuel de Falla, although the four Spanish Pieces and the early Serenata Andaluza offer pieces in characteristically Spanish musical idiom.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Classic Bouquet Naxos 8.505080
Zauber der Klassischen Gitarre Naxos 8.503060

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF OPERA (The) (2nd expanded edition) Naxos Educational
8.558216-17
Opera
ABBADO, Claudio: New Year's Eve Concerts 1996, 1997, 1998 (3 Blu-Ray Disc Box Set, Full-HD) EuroArts
2013504
Classical Concert
ADLER, Larry: The Great Larry Adler (1934-1947) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120608
Nostalgia
ALBENIZ / SOLER / DE FALLA / GRANADOS: Piano Espanol Cedille
CDR90000-075
Instrumental
AMOR, VIDA DE MI VIDA (Domingo, Martinez, Lopez Cobos) (Blu-ray, NTSC) EuroArts
2072474
Classical Concert
AMOR, VIDA DE MI VIDA (Domingo, Martinez, Lopez Cobos) (NTSC) EuroArts
2072478
Classical Concert
Art and Music: Picasso - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558059
Orchestral
AUDIO REFERENCE - 24K Naxos
8.550481G
Chamber Music
Audio Reference SACD Naxos
8.550481SACD
Chamber Music
BABY NEEDS GUITAR Delos
DE1620
Instrumental
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC: New Year's Gala - A Tribute to Carmen (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100027
Classical Concert
BERLIN PHILHARMONIC: New Year's Gala - A Tribute to Carmen (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100026
Classical Concert
BEST OF LOS ANGELES GUITAR QUARTET (THE) Delos
DE1607
Instrumental
BOCCHERINI, L.: Guitar Quintet No. 4 / FALLA, M.: El amor brujo / RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, N.: Capriccio espagnol (Evening in Granada) Delos
DE3144
Instrumental
BOLERO AND OTHER SPANISH FAVOURITES Naxos
8.554044
Ballet, Orchestral
BOLERO AND OTHER SPANISH FAVOURITES Naxos
8.570052
Orchestral, Ballet
BURNING RIVER BRASS: Romanza Espana (Spanish Masterworks for Brass) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90316
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
CAN-CAN AND OTHER DANCES FROM THE OPERA Naxos
8.550924
Orchestral
Cavatina - Highlights from the Guitar Collection Naxos
8.554400
Instrumental
Cello and Guitar Music - BACH, J.S. / SCHUBERT, F. / FALLA, M. / BELLAFRONTE (Classical Duo) (Andrianov, Illarionov) Delos
DE3324
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Frey, Elinor - FALLA, M. de / MAYUZUMI, T. / BACH, J.S. / ROUSE, C. / STUCKY, S. / BRITTEN, B. (Dialoghi) Yarlung Records
YAR78876
Chamber Music
CHARPENTIER, G.: Louise (Moore, Pinza, Beecham) (1943) Naxos Historical
8.110102-04
Opera
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Voices (SD NTSC on Blu-ray) Ideale Audience
3075084
Classical Concert
DANIEL BARENBOIM (4 DVD Box set) (NTSC) EuroArts
2058238
Classical Concert
DANIEL BARENBOIM AND CHICAGO SYMPHONY (NTSC) EuroArts
2050136
Classical Concert
DE FALLA, M.: 4 Piezas espanolas / Fantasia baetica / El sombrero de 3 picos / El amor brujo (Larrocha) Newton Classics
NC8802009
Instrumental
Discover the Classics, Vol. 2 Naxos Educational
8.554246-47
Orchestral
Dorian Sampler, Vol. 6 (A Dorian Banquet) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90006
Opera
Double Bass and Piano Recital: Sciascia, Stefano / Leonardi, David Giovanni - MASSENET, J. / FAURÉ, G. / POULENC, P. / ROSSINI, G. (Élégie) Newton Classics
NC8802214
Chamber Music
ENGINEER'S CHOICE Delos
DE3506
Orchestral
FALLA, M. de: Amor brujo (El) / 7 Canciones populares espanolas / Homenajes / El sombrero de tres picos (Senn, Simon Bolivar Symphony, Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90210
Vocal, Orchestral, Ballet
FALLA, M. de: Harpsichord Concerto / SURINACH, C.: Tientos / RIETI, V.: Partita (Marlowe, Concert Arts Players) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81075
Concertos
FALLA, M. de: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Achucarro, Rattle) / Piano Recital: Achucarro, Joaquin (Teatro Real, 2010) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2058884
Classical Concert
FALLA, M. de: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Achucarro, Rattle) / Piano Recital: Achucarro, Joaquin (Teatro Real, 2010) (NTSC) EuroArts
2058808
Classical Concert
FALLA, M. de: Retablo de maese Pedro (El) [Opera] / Psyche / ORBON, J.: 3 Cantigas del rey / Himnus ad galli cantum (Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90214
Concertos, Vocal, Opera
FALLA, M. de: Vida Breve (La) (Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", 2010) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
710804
Opera DVD
FALLA, M. de: Vida Breve (La) (Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", 2010) (NTSC) C Major
710708
Opera DVD
FALLA, M. de: Vida breve (La) [Opera] (Mata) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90192
Opera
FALLA, M.: 3-Cornered Hat (The) / Homenajes / Danza (Loa, Wurttemberg State Orchestra, Navarro) Capriccio
C10461
Orchestral, Ballet, Orchestral
FALLA, M.: Concerto / CARTER, E.: Sonata / ARGENTO, D.: 6 Elizabethan Songs (Combs, Michaels Bedi, Rembrandt Chamber Players) Cedille
CDR90000-011
Concertos
FALLA, M.: Nights in the Gardens of Spain / The 3-Cornered Hat (De Falla's Spain) (Schwarz) Delos
DE3060
Ballet, Orchestral
FALLA: Amor Brujo (El) / El Retablo de Maese Pedro Naxos
8.553499
Opera, Ballet
FALLA: Amor Brujo (El) / El Sombrero de Tres Picos Naxos
5.110018
Orchestral, Ballet
FALLA: Amor Brujo (El) / El Sombrero de Tres Picos Naxos
6.110018
Orchestral, Ballet
FALLA: Amor Brujo (El) / El Sombrero de Tres Picos Naxos
8.557800
Orchestral, Ballet
FALLA: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.555065
Instrumental
FALLA: Complete Piano Works, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.555066
Instrumental
FALLA: Complete Solo Piano Music BIS
BIS-CD-773
Instrumental
FALLA: Popular Spanish Suite / Piano Pieces / Harpsichord Concerto Naxos
8.554366
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal, Instrumental, Concertos, Chamber Music
FALLA: Songs and Piano Music Naxos
8.554498
Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Vocal
FALLA: Vida breve (La) Naxos
8.660155
Opera
FALLA: Vida breve (La) / GRANADOS: Goyescas Dynamic
CDS380
Opera
FAVORITE VIOLIN ENCORES Artek
AR-0007-2
Chamber Music
Grand Tango and Other Dances for Cello and Piano (Le) Naxos
8.550785
Chamber Music
Guitar Duet Recital: Rost, Monika / Rost, Jurgen – SOR, F. / GRANADOS, E. / ALBENIZ, I. / MORENO TORROBA, F. / TARREGA, F. / RUIZ-PIPO, A. Capriccio
C10174
Instrumental
Guitar Duo Recital: Duo Fandango - DE FALLA, M. / RODRIGO, J. / ANDIA, R. (Fandango!) Carpe Diem
CD-16253
Instrumental
Guitar Duo Recital: Katona Twins - PIAZZOLLA, A. / GRANADOS, E. / FALLA, M. de / MOZART, W.A. Solo Musica
SM215
Instrumental
GUITAR FAVORITES Naxos
8.553999
Instrumental
Guitar Music - MILAN, L. / MUDARRA, A. / NARVAEZ, L. / SANZ, G. / MURCIA, S. / AGUADO, D. / ALBENIZ, I. (The Spanish Guitar) (Segre) Delos
DE3347
Instrumental
Guitar Music - PIAZZOLLA, A. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / FALLA, M. de / CONTRERAS, T. (Memorias I: El Guadalquivir Busca Al Greco) Contrastes Records
Contrastes12201302
Instrumental
Guitar Quartets - FALLA, M. de / GRANADOS, E. / TURINA, J. / RODRIGO, J. / MOMPOU, F. (Spanish Dances) (Brazilian Guitar Quartet) Delos
DE3466
Chamber Music
Guitar Recital: Denis Azabagic Naxos
8.554555
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Jerome Ducharme Naxos
8.570189
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Mamedkuliev, Rovshan - ALBENIZ, I. / TURINA, J. / AMIROV, F. / LLOBET SOLES, M. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / TARREGA, F. Naxos
8.573179
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Mesirca, Alberto - REGONDI, G. / PAGANINI, N. / FALLA, M. de / BOCCHERINI, L. (Live at the Klassik musikfest muhlviertel) Paladino Music
PMR0014
Chamber Music
Guitar Recital: Montesinos, Anabel - GRANADOS, E. / FALLA, M. de / LLOBET, M / SOR, F. / RODRIGO, J. / LOPEZ-QUIROGA, M. / PUJOL, E. Naxos
8.572843
Instrumental
Guitar Recital: Pablo Sainz Villegas Naxos
8.557596
Instrumental
GUITARRA! - The Guitar in Spain (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102003
Classical Documentary
HAYDN, F.J.: Piano Concertos in D Major / G Major / STRAUSS, R.: Burleske in D Minor (Carol's Concerto Collection) (Rosenberger) Delos
DE3306
Orchestral
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 1 (1946-1956) Naxos Historical
8.112072
Chamber Music
Heifetz, Jascha: Encores, Vol. 2 (1946-1947) Naxos Historical
8.112073
Chamber Music
INSTRUMENT OF THE DEVIL Cedille
CDR90000-041
Instrumental
JOSE CARRERAS COLLECTION (Int'l Edition) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101415
Classical Concert
JOSE CARRERAS COLLECTION: Salzburg Recital (1989) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101411
Classical Concert
KREISLER PLAYS KREISLER Naxos Historical
8.110992
Chamber Music
KREISLER: Music for Violin and Piano BIS
BIS-CD-1196
Chamber Music
LISZT, F.: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / Piano Pieces (Janis, Kondrashin, Rozhdestvensky) Newton Classics
NC8802058
Instrumental
MUSIC FOR FLUTE AND GUITAR BIS
BIS-CD-60
Instrumental
MUSIC SURROUND SPECTACULAR (THE) - The Tests Delos
DE3179
Ballet
NISHIZAKI, Takako: Fritz Kreisler Edition, Vol. 4 Naxos
8.557870
Chamber Music
Orchestral Music - GROFE, F. / SIHANOUK, N. / FALLA, M. de / WHITE, P. / TUCCI, T. / KAY, H. (Hudson River Suite) (Kostelanetz) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81034
Orchestral
Piano Recital: Landrum, Michael - FIELD, J. / CHOPIN, F. / RESPIGHI, O. / SCRIABIN, A. / FAURE, G. / FRANCAIX, J. (Nocturnes) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92158
Instrumental
Piano Recital: Rubinstein, Arthur - BRAHMS, J. / CHOPIN, F. / de FALLA, M. (Live in Zurich, 1966) ICA Classics
ICAC5003
Instrumental
PIANO RHAPSODY - An Odyssey from Bach to Satie with Roland Pontinen BIS
BIS-9044
Instrumental
PONSELLE, Rosa: American Recordings (1939, 1954) Naxos Historical
8.111142-44
Vocal
PONTINEN, Roland: Evocation - Legendary Encores BIS
BIS-CD-661
Instrumental
PONTINEN, Roland: MUSIC FOR A RAINY DAY BIS
BIS-CD-300
Instrumental
POPULAR GUITAR MUSIC Naxos
8.571085
Instrumental
RACHMANINOV, S.: Vocalise / SAINT-SAENS, C.: Le cygne / FALLA, M.: El amor brujo / ACHRON, J.: Hebrew Melody (The Art of the Theremin) Delos
DE1014
Chamber Music
RAVEL: Piano Concertos / FALLA: Nights in Gardens of Spain Naxos
8.550753
Orchestral
RODRIGO : Concierto de Aranjuez Naxos
8.550220
Orchestral
RODRIGO, J.: Concierto de Aranjuez (Tokos, Budapest Strings, Banfalvi) / Guitar Music (Spanish) - SOR, F. / GRANADOS, E. / ALBENIZ, I. / FALLA, M. de Capriole
CA15602
Instrumental
RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez / GRANADOS: 12 Danzas espanolas (excerpts) Naxos
8.571057
Orchestral
RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez / GRANADOS: Spanish Dances (excerpts) Amadis
7139
Orchestral
ROMANTIC HARP (THE) Naxos
8.554561
Instrumental
ROSENBLATT RECITALS, VOL. 1 (Brownlee, Meli, Michaels-Moore, Pérez, Siurina, Tynan) (6-CD Box Set) Opus Arte
OACD9027BD
Vocal
SCHIPA, Tito: Complete Victor Recordings (The), Vol. 1 (1922-1925) Naxos Historical
8.110332
Vocal
SCHIPA, Tito: Complete Victor Recordings (The), Vol. 2 (1924-1925) Naxos Historical
8.110333
Vocal
SCHUMANN, R.: Cello Concerto / HAYDN, J.: Divertimento / FALLA, M. de.: 7 canciones populares espanolas (excerpts) (Shafran) (1955, 1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80614
Chamber Music
SEGOVIA, Andres: 1950s American Recordings, Vol. 6 (Segovia, Vol. 8) Naxos Historical
8.111314
Instrumental
SEGOVIA, Andres: Guitar of Andres Segovia (The) - Hermann Hauser 1937 (maker) Dynamic
CDS433
Instrumental
SHIRLEY VERRETT EDITION Newton Classics
NC8802167
Vocal
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100035
Classical Concert
SIBELIUS: Violin Concerto / FALLA: Nights in the Gardens of Spain (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100034
Classical Concert
SONGS OF THE ROMANTIC AGE Cedille
CDR90000-019
Vocal
SPANISH GUITAR Naxos
8.557122-23
Instrumental
STRAVINSKY: Firebird (The) / FALLA: Three-Cornered Hat (The) Naxos
8.553274
Orchestral
SYMPHONIC SOUND STAGE, Vol. 1 Delos
DE3502
Orchestral, Ballet
Traumerei: Romantic Violin Favourites (Lu Siqing) Marco Polo
8.225936
Chamber Music
TURINA: Complete Works for Solo Guitar BIS
BIS-CD-736
Instrumental
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE GOLDEN WEST: Bayside Bravura Altissimo
75442260342
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Celebrations Altissimo
75442261042
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Eichhorn, Friedemann / Findeisen, Peer - POLYAKIN, M. / LISZT, F. / BARTOK, B. / HUBAY, J. (Encores and More) Solo Musica
SM130
Chamber Music
VIOLIN LULLABIES Cedille
CDR90000-139
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Accardo, Salvatore (Paganini's Violin - Salvatore Accardo Plays Paganini's Guarneri del Gesu 1742) Dynamic
CDS175
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Laredo, Jaime - KREISLER, F. / FAURE, G. / MASSENET, J. / DVORAK, A. / SARASATE, P. (Virtuoso - A Treasury of Favorite Violin Encores) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90153
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Lavrova, Dunja - ALBENIZ, I. / DEBUSSY, C. / DRIGO, R. / FALLA, M. de / GERSHWIN, G. / HALFFTER, E. (Lapshin) (My Dusty Gramophone) Solo Musica
SM216
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Mathe, Ulrike-Anima - KREISLER, F. / HEUBERGER, R. / FALL, M. de / SCOTT, C. / ALBENIZ, I. (Ulrike-Anima Mathe Plays Kreisler) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90231
Chamber Music
VIVA ESPANA! Naxos
8.571099
Orchestral
Viva Espana: The Music of Spain Naxos
8.550174
Orchestral
Vocal Recital: Perez, Ailyn - HAHN, R. / OBRADORS, F. / MASSENET, J. / TURINA, J. / FAURE, G. / FALLA, M. de (Poeme d'un jour) Opus Arte
OACD9013D
Vocal
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 1 (1926-1952) Naxos Historical
8.111120
Instrumental
WOMEN AT THE PIANO - AN ANTHOLOGY OF HISTORIC PERFORMANCES, Vol. 4 (1921-1955) Naxos Historical
8.111218
Instrumental
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