ERNESTO HALFFTER (1905 - 1989)
Brother of Rodolfo Halffter, Ernesto was born in Madrid, becoming a pupil and protégé of Manuel de Falla. In 1924 he went to Paris, where he met Ravel; and thereafter he travelled widely before settling in Seville, where he became director of the newly established Conservatory, then spending 10 years in Lisbon.
Stage and Film Music
Halffter’s dramatic compositions include ballets, incidental music and a number of film scores.
Halffter was commissioned by Ricordi to complete the fragmentary Atlántida, left unfinished by Manuel de Falla.
Orchestral, Chamber and Instrumental Music
Among Halffter’s early compositions are the Dos bocetos sinfónicos (‘Two Symphonic Sketches’), published in 1925, the year of his very successful Sinfonietta. His orchestral works also include a Guitar Concerto. His chamber music includes a String Quartet, Fantasía española for cello and piano, and Madrigal for violin and piano. His piano music includes a series of Homenajes to Turina, Mompou, Scarlatti, and his own brother, Rodolfo, who predeceased him.