Your belief in the power of music to heal and transform makes our work possible. Manuel de Falla. Born in Cadiz, which in ancient times was the edge of the known world and the gateway to the Atlantic Ocean, Manuel de Falla moved with his family to Madrid in In Falla won a national composition contest with his opera La vida breve and hoped this would lead to performances of the work, thereby making him enough money to move to Paris. The organizers of the competition failed to secure a performance, so a frustrated Falla took off on a European tour as a pianist for a mime troupe. In , the not-quite-so-young but not-yet-mature composer finally found himself on his own in the French capital. Musical Paris was bubbling with things Spanish at the time. Falla soon earned the respect and affection of Paul Dukas using the score of La vida breve as his calling card, and Dukas introduced Falla to the other great musicians in town. Falla remained in Paris for seven years before returning to Spain in , at the outbreak of World War I.
Siete canciones populares españolas
Besides being Falla's most-arranged composition and one of his most popular, it is one of the most frequently performed sets of Spanish-language art songs. The set was dedicated to Madame Ida Godebska. The styles and provenance of the songs are strikingly diverse. All the texts deal with love and the courting process, whether playfully, seriously, or tragically. The first song, for example, clearly alludes to the importance of virginity to a girl's value on the marriage market [ citation needed ] . The lullaby deals with love's outcome.