Falla de (y Matheu), Manuel (María) de (opera) (los Dolores )
- Ronald Crichton
(los Dolores )
(b Cádiz, Nov 23, 1876; d Alta Gracia, Argentina, Nov 14, 1946). Spanish composer . He spent his youth in Cádiz, where his father was a prosperous businessman. Falla was a shy, withdrawn child, privately educated in a provincial society, where music-lovers relied largely on amateur activity. In the background was the wealth of Andalusian folk music. When his parents moved to Madrid in 1897, he had already been making visits to the capital for piano lessons. He enrolled at the Conservatory and finished the seven-year course in two years.
Madrid offered wider but still limited horizons. Grand opera, symphonic and church music (the glories of the Spanish past being past indeed) all languished. The only genre offering an opening to a young composer anxious to write more than salon pieces was the zarzuela. This form, modest but not disreputable, did not attract Falla. Nonetheless he applied himself and wrote a still uncertain number of zarzuelas, three of them in collaboration with Amadeo Vives. Of these only one, ...