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Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat Suites 1 & 2

Manuel de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat was based on the 1874 novel of the same name by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, which tells the story of a magistrate in love with the wife of a miller. Falla's musical adaptation drew the interest of the famed impresario Serge Diaghilev, who was introduced to Falla by Igor Stravinsky while on his first company tour to Spain in 1916. After a years-long production process involving Diaghilev, choreographer Leonide Massine, and artist Pablo Picasso, The Three-Cornered Hat premiered in London in 1919 and became a popular hit. The orchestral suite, extracted from Falla's ballet, showcases a range of Spanish dances from the fandango to the farruca and, lastly, the jota. With its driving rhythms and folk-inspired melodies, The Three-Cornered Hat is a prime example of the early twentieth-century drive to revive a Spanish musical identity. MSO.LIVE brings you this dynamic performance from Hamer Hall, hailed by Limelight as ‘a vivid full stop to Chief Conductor Jaime Martín's first year with the MSO.’

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