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Canción by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) is not to be confused with the song with the same name, also written by Manuel de Falla, the sixth song in the suite Siete Canciones popolares Españolas.


Fullscore Publishing hope this lovely, lyrical piano miniature, composed in 1900, reaches a wider audience in this original instrumental arrangement and engraving. Canción means 'Song' in Spanish, so let the tune sing! De Falla's tempo marking Andante mesto means slow (walking speed) and sad.


This Fullscore Publishing edition is arranged for Flute or Clarinet (B flat)/Alto Sax (E flat) with piano accompaniment. All parts are included in the free, downloadbale pdf.


The original piano arrangement is also available as a separate download here.


Brazilian pianist Cristina Ortiz plays Goyescas and de Falla (1975):

Animated score (2m 19s): 

You may purchase and download Cristina Ortiz's piano recording of just this track (one of Tres Obras Desconocidas) here.




Manuel de Falla, (born 1876 in Cádiz, Spain, died 1946 in Alta Gracia, Argentina) was, along with Isaac Albéniz, Francisco Tárrega, and Enrique Granados, one of Spain's most important musicians of the early 20th century. In his music he achieved a fusion of poetry, asceticism, and ardour that represents the spirit of Spain at its purest.


Falla took piano lessons from his mother and later went to Madrid to continue the piano and to study composition with Felipe Pedrell, who inspired him with his own enthusiasm for 16th-century Spanish church music, folk music, and native opera, or zarzuela. In 1905 Falla won two prizes, one for piano playing and the other for a national opera, La vida breve (first performed in Nice, France, 1913).


In 1907 he moved to Paris, where he met Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, and Maurice Ravel (whose orchestration influenced his own) and published his first piano pieces and songs. In 1914 he returned to Madrid, where he wrote the music for a ballet, El amor brujo (Love, the Magician; Madrid, 1915), remarkable for its distillation of Andalusian folk music. Falla followed this with El corregidor y la molinera (Madrid, 1917), which Diaghilev persuaded him to rescore for a ballet by Léonide Massine called El sombrero de tres picos (The Three-Cornered Hat; London, 1919). Noches en los jardines de España (Nights in the Gardens of Spain; Madrid, 1916), a suite of three impressions for piano and orchestra, evoked the Andalusian atmosphere through erotic and suggestive orchestration. All these works established Falla internationally as the leading Spanish composer.

Falla then retired to Granada, where in 1922 he organized a cante hondo festival and composed a puppet opera, El retablo de Maese Pedro. Like the subsequent Harpsichord Concerto (1926), containing echoes of Domenico Scarlatti, the Retablo shows Falla much influenced by Igor Stravinsky. Falla’s style was then Neoclassical instead of Romantic, still essentially Spanish, but Castilian rather than Andalusian. After 1926 he wrote little, living first in Mallorca and, from 1939, in Argentina.




Canción ~ Manuel de Falla ~ arr. for Flute (Clt/ASax) & Piano

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