Lot 43: Fine Typed Letter Signed by Manuel de Falla, Spain's Greatest Composer
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October 26, 2016
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Description: FALLA, MANUEL DE. (1876-1946). Spanish composer of Nights in the Gardens of Spain and other 20th-century masterpieces. TLS. (“Manual de Falla”). 1p. 4to. Alhambros-Granada, April 18, 1928. To French composer and critic MAURICE GALERNE (?-?). In French with translation. ********** “I felt very honored to receive your letter last month and ask you from the bottom of my heart to pardon the lamentable lateness of my response. I had originally planned to write to you as soon as I returned to Paris (I had to spend a few days in Tours), but unfortunately I ran out of time and couldn’t suggest a time to meet. Regarding the scores, what Mr. Eschig told you is exactly true. But I will do what I can to get them to you. By the way, some of my friends are in the same position as you. I don’t need to tell you how touched I am by your plan to dedicate a study to the works presented at the Opera Comique, especially after reading your article about ‘Le Roi Dagobert.’ I look forward to the pleasure of meeting you the next time I come to Paris and send you my most respectful regards.” ********** In 1907, Falla moved to Paris, where he lived for seven years and established numerous influential artistic relationships. Czech-French music publisher Max Eschig (1872-1927) represented foreign music publishers in France before establishing his own company, Max Eshig & Cie, whose first works published were those of Falla, followed by Honegger, Milhaud, Poulenc, Satie, Albeniz, and Villa-Lobos. ********** “Le Bon Roi Dagobert” is an old French satirical song about tales of debauchery surrounding Merovingian Kind Dagobert I (c. 603-639). In 1927, Marcel Samuel-Rousseau’s comic opera of the same name premiered, likely the work reviewed by Galerne. Galerne also authored the widely cited L’Ecole Niedermeyer. Sa création, son but, son développement and is the composer of Stances à la Patrie and the comic opera Mam’zekke Sans-Gêne. ********** Falla resided in Granada from 1921 to 1939, where he composed El retablo de maese Pedro, a one-act opera for puppets based on a portion of Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote that premiered in 1923, and worked on his cantata Atlantis. In 1939, following the victory of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, he relocated to Buenos Aires and spent the remainder of his life in exile. ********** Folded with some light sunning and wear. Several horizontal fold tears have been repaired on the verso. In fine condition.