Manuel de Falla y Matheu (1876 1946) was a Spanish
composer. With Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados, he
was one of Spain's most important musicians of the
first half of the 20th century. His image was on
Spain's 1970 100-pesetas banknote.
Falla was born Manuel Marķa de los Dolores Falla y
Matheu in Cįdiz. He was the son of José Marķa Falla, a
Valencian, and Marķa Jesśs Matheu, from Catalonia (Hess
In 1889 he continued his piano lessons with Alejandro
Odero and learned the techniques of harmony and
counterpoint from Enrique Broca. At age 15 he became
interested in literature and journalism and founded the
literary magazines El Burlón and El Cascabel.
The Andalusian Serenade of Falla is one of the earliest
works of the composer and therefore belongs to the
suite of "Three pieces of youth", together with the
Nocturno (1896) and the Vals Capricho (1900). It is
inspired by a calm Andalusian landscape, and although
it was composed in Madrid, Falla is transported to its
native Cadiz. It premiered at the Ateneo de Madrid on
May 6, 1900, at the hands of Falla himself.
Although originally written for Piano, I created this
arrangement for Flute & Classical Guitar