Manuel De Falla

(1876 - 1946)
Born in 1876 in Cadiz, the historical seaport town at the southern-most tip of Andalucia, Manuel de Falla is the greatest Spanish composer of this century. His formal musical education began with piano lessons and when de Falla was twenty his family moved to Madrid where he studied with the distinguished teacher José Tragó. He then went on to study composition with Felipe Pedrell, the teacher and scholar who led the revival of Spanish music which took place towards the end of the nineteenth century. In 1904 Falla's one-act opera La vida breve (Life is Short) won the composition competition of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes and at the same time he was awarded a prestigious piano prize organised by the piano makers Ortiz y Cussó.

Manuel De Falla Composition Timpani and Percussion Requirements

El Amor Brujo (Love the Magician)

Timpani + 1 percussion
Tubular bells + A3 bass bell

Master Peter's Puppet Show

Timpani + 4 percussion
1) xylophone, small ratchet, 2) tam tam, 3) pandeiro, large ratchet, 4) snare drum

Nights in the Gardens of Spain

Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, suspended cymbal, triangle

The Three Cornered Hat (Suite) 3 Dances

Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
5 percussion + celeste
2 x snare drum, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, castanets x 3, triangle, xylophone, tam tam, suspended cymbal, tambourine, celeste

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