Danse Espagnole

From Wind Repertory Project
Manuel de Falla

Manuel de Falla (arr. Jeremy Eig)

Subtitle: From La vida breve

General Info

Year: 1905 /
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: U.S. Navy Band
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


Full Score
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II


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Program Notes

De Falla's short two-act opera, La vida breve (The Brief Life) was written between 1904 and 1905, while the composer was still under the tutelage of Felipe Pedrell. Featuring a libretto in local Andalusian dialect by Carlos Fernandez-Shaw, the opera is a classic melodrama -- a love triangle between a wealthy and rather unscrupulous young man, his fiancé, and the destitute Romany girl who falls under his spell, leading to tragic consequences.

Though the opera itself is rarely performed, certain instrumental selections are often heard on concerts and recitals. The most recognizable of these excerpts by far comes from Act 2 and was originally known as Interlude and Dance. In an arrangement by virtuoso violinist Fritz Kreisler written in 1926, the title was changed to Danse Espagnole. Perhaps because of its free, improvisatory style, this work lends itself especially well to a wide assortment of instrumental settings, and it has become a staple for chamber groups of all sizes and configurations.

- Program Note from U.S. Navy Band Chamber Concert concert program, 19 December 2022


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State Ratings

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