MANUEL de FALLA
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) is the greatest Spanish composer of the 20th century. He studied with the well known Felipe Pedrell, the teacher who was instrumental in the revival of Spanish music towards the end of the 19th century. de Falla is best known for his ballet, El Amor Brujo (Love, The Magician), Nights in the Gardens of Spain, and the ballet, The Three Cornered Hat.
The one-act ballet, El Amor Brujo (Love, The Magician), is based on a Spanish gypsy tale about Candelas, a gypsy girl who is possessed and driven mad by the ghost of her former unfaithful lover. To get rid of the jealous ghost, Carmelo, her new lover, uses the magical powers of a beautiful friend. The intense Ritual Fire Dance chases away the evil spirits.