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Manuel De Falla (1876–1946): HOMENAJES: To Claude Debussy
BBC Philharmonic; Juanjo Mena, conductor. Falla: Works for Stage & Concert Hall (Chandos)
It wasn’t until late in his career that Spanish composer Manuel de Falla wrote for orchestra. And even when he did finally do it in the suite Homenajes, each movement was based on an earlier composition. "Homenaje" means “homage,” and each movement is an homage to a composer or teacher that played an important part in de Falla’s musical development. The opening fanfare is a tribute to the Spanish composer E.F. Arbos, the patriarch to all Spanish composers from de Falla’s generation, and the notes are based on the letters of his name. The second movement is from an earlier solo guitar piece from 1920 that de Falla wrote in tribute to the great French composer Claude Debussy, who died just two years prior.