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Falla, Manuel de

Born: 1876 AD
Died: 1946 AD
Nationality: Spanish
Categories: Composers, Musicians, Songwriter

1876 – Manuel de Falla, born on the 23rd of November in Cadiz, SW Spain. He was a Spanish composer of classical music.

1899 – He was awarded the first prize at the piano competition at his school of music, and around that year he started to use de with his first surname, making de Falla the name he became known as from that time on.

1905 – He won prizes as a pianist and for his first opera.

1907 – 1914 – Moved to Paris, where he published his first piano compositions.

1919 – On returning to Madrid, his works became known for their colourful national Spanish idiom. He is best known for his ballet, The Three-Cornered Hat.

1923 – He wrote the puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro (Master Peter’s Puppet Show).

1926 – Wrote a concerto for harpsichord and chamber ensemble. In this work, the Spanish folk influence is somewhat less apparent than a kind of Stravinskian neo-classicism.

1946 – He died in Alta Gracia, in the Argentine province of Córdoba on the 14th of November.