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MANUEL de FALLA (1876-1946)
Spanish pianist and composer



Manuel de Falla, along with Enrique Granados and Issac Albéniz, represented the glory of Spanish music in the late Romantic transition era.  He is the composer of wonderful ballets (El amor brujo and The Three-Cornered Hat), a splendid opera (La vida breve), and one of my favorite of all works for piano and orchestra (Noches en los jardines de España).

He was also a superb pianist, having been awarded by unanimous vote the first price in the piano competition in 1899 at the Royal Conservatory in Madrid.

I have found only two examples of the playing of Manuel de Falla, and while these are from piano rolls, the reproductions are very good indeed.



de Falla  3 "Montañesa" from Pièces Espagnoles

1912 Welte Mignon piano roll




De Falla  "Andaluza"

piano roll










For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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