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Battles with the Muscovite Theatre

Donald Macleod continues an exploration of Falla's life and work.

Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. In later life Manuel de Falla made considerable efforts to distance himself from politics, but while World War One was raging, he put his name to a manifesto which had been prepared by the philosopher, Jose Ortega y Gasset. This document decried Spain's neutrality in the light of what it called Germany's "fermenting of egotism, of domination and of shameless violence." Spain's neutral position led a number of prominent artists to visit the country, including Diaghilev and his famous Ballet Russes company. Ever the shrewd businessman, Diaghilev realised that they could really ingratiate themselves with audiences in Spain if they gave them a Spanish ballet. Manuel de Falla was prompted to turn his pantomime The Magistrate and the Miller's Wife into the ballet The Three-Cornered Hat, staged with sets by Pablo Picasso.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Manuel de Falla

    Fantasia baetica for piano

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • DECCA : 417 816-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 5.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Fantasia baetica for piano

    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • DECCA : 417 816-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 5.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Nights in the gardens of Spain for piano and orchestra

    Orchestra: Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux. Conductor: Igor Markevitch.
    • PHILIPS : 432-829-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 11.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Danza de la Molinera

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
    • Rubenstein at Carnegie Hall.
    • 6.
  • Manuel de Falla

    El Sombrero de tres picos (The Corregidor's dance), arr. for harp

    Ensemble: Schirmer Ensemble. Performer: Brett Kelly.
    • Naxos 8.554366.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • Manuel de Falla

    El Sombrero de tres picos (Dance of the miller's wife),

    Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Jill Gomez.
    • Chandos: Chan 8904.
    • 8.
  • Manuel de Falla

    El Sombrero de tres picos (Dance of the miller's wife),

    Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Jill Gomez.
    • Chandos: Chan 8904.
    • 8.

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