Lalo and Ravel, like so many French composers, fell under the spell of Spanish music. Lalo peppered his Cello Concerto with Spanish gestures, and Ravel drew upon Spanish idioms for the three songs which make up Don Quichotte à Dulcinée.
But for an intense and genuinely Spanish experience, it’s hard to go pastThe Three-Cornered Hat by Manuel de Falla, a ballet premièred by the renowned Ballets Russes with sets and costumes by Pablo Picasso. Falla drew from the rich musical traditions of his native land, weaving a tapestry that is bold, colourful and brilliant.
Ballet music of a different kind is showcased in the SylviaSuite by Delibes, which includes arguably his most famous piece of music, the “Pizzicato”.
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