The Spanish Dance No. 1 is from the opera "La Vida
Breve" and was composed by Manuel de Falla in 1905 and
was first performed in 1913. The Opera was styled after
a libretto of Carlos Fernández Shaw.
Manuel de Falla y Matheu (1876 – 1946) was a Spanish
Andalusian composer. With Isaac Albéniz, Enrique
Granados and Joaquín Turina he is one of Spain's most
important musicians of the first half of the 20th
"La Vida Breve" always has captivated musicians all
over the world. It has been arranged for solo guitar,
guitar duo, solo piano, piano duo, and violin and
piano. The opera was a turning point for classical
music in Spain; for the first time, Falla sought to
bring elements of Spanish folk music, flamenco, and
especially the gypsy 'cante jondo', or 'deep song', to
the classical stage. "La Vida Breve" won first prize in
a competition for Spanish opera sponsored by the Royal
Academy in 1905.
Although originally written for orchestra (an later
arranged for solo Piano), I created this arrangement
for Flute & Harp.