El Amor Brujo and El Sombrero de Tres Picos
By Manuel De Falla
Although influenced by the impressionism of Debussy, Dukas, and Ravel, Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) remained distinctively Spanish, with roots that drew upon both Andalusian folk music and his country's classical traditions. With these two popular ballets, El Amor Brujo (Love, the Magician) and El Sombrero de Tres Picos (the Three-Cornered Hat), he brought the world's attention to the music of Spain.
Falla himself made these arrangements of the complete ballets for piano solo. Several of the individual pieces have become standards in the solo piano repertoire, inlcuding "The Neighbour's Dance" from El Amor Brujo and the great favourite, "Ritual Fire Dance" from El Sombrero de Tres Picos.