El amor brujo : Work information
- Work name
- El amor brujo
- Work number
- G. 68
- 1915-01-01 02:00:00
- Recording date
- 1981-01-01 00:00:00
Manuel de Falla (y Matheu)
Spanish composer Manuel de Falla was one of the central figures of 20th century Spanish music.
His music drew on the influence of many artistic movements, including neo-classicism, nationalism and impressionism.
His work, like that of many Spanish artists, was also strongly affected by the events of the civil war that ravaged the country from 1936 until 1939, and which inspired Hemingway’s “Farewell to arms” and “For whom the bell tolls”.
Many Spanish critics mistakenly attacked de Falla’s music as unpatriotic, largely because of the strong influence of the work of French composer Claude Debussy . It is certainly true that much of de Falla’s work relies heavily on the work of several leading French composers, but he was very much a nationalist and his music is unmistakably Spanish in origin.
El amor brujo, Manuel de Falla's ballet with songs, was first presented in Madrid in 1915. Inspired by de Falla's love for Spanish folk art, in particular the tales of Pastora Imperio and her mother, Rosario le Mejorana, its musical language can be traced back to the canto jondo, the repertory of traditional flamenco songs. The ballet tells the story of a gypsy girl who casts a spell on her unfaithful lover.
A concert version was created in 1916 and has become remarkably popular. Particularly well-known is the Ritual Fire Dance, arranged for countless combinations of instruments over the years; its rhythmic energy and andulisian character are immediately attractive.