Posted by: Frederick Cornwell Sanders | 2013/11/23

“November 23, 1876” By Rick Sanders

Manuel de Falla.

Manuel de Falla. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is 1876. Manuel de Falla, the Spanish composer is born. He dies in 1946. Wikipedia has the following:

Falla continued work on Atlàntida after moving to Argentina in 1939, following Francisco Franco‘s victory in the Spanish Civil War. The orchestration of the piece remained incomplete at his death and was completed posthumously by Ernesto Halffter. He also premiered his Suite Homenajes in Buenos Aires in November 1939. In 1940, he was named a Knight of the Order of King Alfonso X of Castile. Franco’s government offered him a large pension if he would return to Spain, but he refused.

Falla did spend some time teaching in exile. Among his notable pupils was composer Rosa García Ascot. His health began to decline and he moved to a house in the mountains where he was tended by his sister María del Carmen de Falla. He died of cardiac arrest on 14 November 1946 in Alta Gracia, in the Argentine province of Córdoba. In 1947 his remains were brought back to Spain and entombed in the cathedral at Cádiz. One of the lasting honors to his memory is the Manuel de Falla Chair of Music in the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters at Complutense University of Madrid. His image appeared on Spanish currency notes for some years. Manuel de Falla never married and had no children.

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