Manuel de Falla, Siete Canciones Populares Españolas

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Siete Canciones Populares Españolas
I. El Paño Moruno
II. Seguidilla Murciana
III. Asturiana
IV. Jota
V. Nana
VI. Canción
VII. Polo

Rebecca Fanning, soprano
Nathan Cornelius, guitar

Like many Spanish composers of his generation, Manuel de Falla sought to balance a strong sense of national identity with an awareness of the latest sounds being developed elsewhere in Europe. Thus, it was nearly inevitable that de Falla would end up in Paris, the cultural nexus of Western Europe at the time, for a period early in his career (from 1907-1914). There he associated with French composers, notably Debussy and Ravel, who were themselves interested in exploring Spanish styles in their works. He began composing this cycle, based on Spanish folk melodies, while still living in Madrid and completed it in Paris. Originally for voice and piano, it has become popular as well in versions with orchestra and with guitar. Many of the rhythms come from traditional Spanish dances, including flamenco-tinged forms from the the south (seguidilla and polo) and more reflective ones from the north (asturiana and jota).

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