Manuel de Falla, Flemish ambassador.

07 Oct Manuel de Falla, Flemish ambassador.

The composer Manuel de Falla falls for flamenco music


clip_image0021If we analyze the history of flamenco music, we discover a character who spread and appreciate the grandeur of flamenco. This character to me is Don Manuel de Falla.

Many of his works as a composer he wrote, are infused with essences that got flamenco music. But I also became concerned in 1922 to organize a flamenco singing competition in the city of Granada where he lived. This competition is being prepared by a group of intellectuals including Grenadians were Federico Garcia Lorca, Heriminigildo Lanz etc …

Failure admiration for flamenco exposed him to the world

The impact between the musicians and intellectuals love Flamenco influenced by this so special music that emerged in southern Europe in the mid-nineteenth century to appreciate. So I think that was one of the first ambassadors who had the Cante Flamenco.

If you have already declared flamenco as Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and this event does to this art a great value and international media, the work of Manuel Falla, consider it equally important that the present statement of world Heritage Site.


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Metamorphic Transformation

Observing metamorphic transformations in nature allows us to extrapolate that method to humans and the arts. That is to say, the foundational substance becomes a supporting substance retained in the new identity. These essential elements are absorbed, now invisible to the observer, while the transformed form creates a stunning awareness of the new.

Likewise, our compositions make use of a similar pattern of creative mutation, if you will. We begin with folk songs that poet Federico Garcia Lorca chose, rescued from oblivion, transcribed for the piano and performed in various venues. Following a trajectory of revealing hidden elements, we submit them to an unexpected metamorphic process. The melodic essences of the old songs are those that give musical meaning to different poems that Lorca wrote.

Additionally, in his short life, he created diverse artistic works, including poetry, music, and literature. He also created formidable works for the theater, while also embracing other mediums such as painting. His contemporaries and artistic collaborators included Joan Miro and Salvador Dali.

“Lorca in the Keys of Hands and Voice,” a concert conceived and presented by Adam Kent and Fernando Barros, is a musical innovation inspired by Lorca’s example. Lorca collected melodies from the Spanish folklore repertoire and transcribed them for the piano using two different concepts: 1) adapting the old melodies to various of his poem, as for example, ANDA JALEO to the poem “Preciosa y el Aire”; and 2) singing the old songs using the expressive, emotive characteristics inherent in flamenco music.

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