Lorca in Tune with Falla: Literary and Musical Interludes

By Nelson R. Orringer

© 2014

Federico García Lorca (1889-1936) is widely regarded as the greatest Spanish poet of the twentieth century; Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) is Spain’s most performed composer of the same period. The two were very different – Lorca was gay, liberal, and a member of the avant garde, while Falla was a devout Catholic – yet they had a profound mutual influence. The two developed an intimate friendship, which ended when Lorca was shot by Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

Lorca in Tune with Falla is the first book to trace Lorca’s impact on Falla’s music, and Falla’s influence on Lorca’s writings. Nelson R. Orringer explores the music underlying Poem of Deep Song, Gypsy Ballads, and Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, bringing out the analogous sounds and ideas that emerge in the active, ongoing connection between the artworks of both creators. The book emphasizes how this harmony increases knowledge and appreciation of both artists.

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  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 20
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Lorca in Tune with Falla is the first book to trace Lorca’s impact on Falla’s music, and Falla’s influence on Lorca’s writings.

Lorca in Tune with Falla: Literary and Musical Interludes

By Nelson R. Orringer

© 2014

Federico García Lorca (1889-1936) is widely regarded as the greatest Spanish poet of the twentieth century; Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) is Spain’s most performed composer of the same period. The two were very different – Lorca was gay, liberal, and a member of the avant garde, while Falla was a devout Catholic – yet they had a profound mutual influence. The two developed an intimate friendship, which ended when Lorca was shot by Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

Lorca in Tune with Falla is the first book to trace Lorca’s impact on Falla’s music, and Falla’s influence on Lorca’s writings. Nelson R. Orringer explores the music underlying Poem of Deep Song, Gypsy Ballads, and Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, bringing out the analogous sounds and ideas that emerge in the active, ongoing connection between the artworks of both creators. The book emphasizes how this harmony increases knowledge and appreciation of both artists.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Toronto Iberic
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 20
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.2in
  • Reviews

    ‘This meticulously researched endeavor transcends its temporal and topographic confines. A fascinating book. Highly recommended.’
    F. Colecchia
    Choice Magazine vol 52:01:2014

    ‘This rewarding book will surely lead to further study of Lorca, Falla, and the fruitful relationship between Spanish music and poetry.’


    Christopher Maurer
    Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos vol 38:02:2014

    Lorca in Tune with Falla is the deepest and most complete study that has been published to-date on the personal and artistic relations between both Andalusian, universal creative authors… Those of us interested in Spanish music and poetry should feel very content and grateful.’


    Gerardo Pina-Rosales
    Hispania vol 98:02:2015

    ‘Orringer’s extraordinary book should be greeted as celestial music…. To say something new about Lorca is a risky and titanic enterprise for the stature of the post and the mastery of the bibliography that it supposes. Nelson N. Orringer has accepted the challenge, has taken on the effort and has culminated the undertaking with brilliance.’


    Javier San José Lera
    RILCE vol 32:01:2016

    ‘This book would undoubtedly be of interest to musicians, writers and historians alike….Orringer offers a unique approach to the understanding of the creative processes of these two Spanish artists.’


    Beatriz Pomés Jiménez
    Context vol 39:2014

    ‘Only a scholar specially equipped with the necessary analytical tools in both literature and music could write such a book as this, fortunately for us, Orringer is such a writer.’


    Walter Aaron Clark
    Hispanic Review vol 84:02:2016

    ‘Orringer’s clearly organized and well written study is a fascinating and in-depth look at Lorca’s and Falla’s work alongside one another… This book is highly recommended for students and scholars of Lorca and Falla alike, as well as those interested in European cultural production of the twentieth-century.’


    David F. Richter
    University of Toronto Quarterly vol 85:03:2016

    ‘Orringer’s study is essential reading for anyone interested in Falla, Lorca, and the period that brought forth these two icons of twentieth-century Spanish culture.’


    Samuel Llano
    Modern Language Review vol 112:01:2017

    “With meticulous archival research on Falla and Lorca’s collaborations, Lorca in Tune with Falla makes a case for how Falla’s theories about the cante jondo and his stylization of Andalusia influenced some of Lorca’s major poetic and dramatic works. Professor Orringer’s book will be of interest to Lorca scholars and other specialists in modern Spanish culture, especially as prior scholarship has not delved in any depth into the influence Falla had on Lorca and how this is perceptible in Lorca’s poetry and farces.”


    Roberta Quance, Senior Lecturer in Spanish, Queen’s University Belfast

    “A highly sophisticated attempt to unravel Lorca’s creative process, Nelson Orringer’s book offers innovative and fresh perspectives on the Falla–Lorca relationship and its impact on Lorca’s creative output.”


    Michael Christoforidis, Melbourne Conservatory and the University of Melbourne
  • Author Information

    Nelson R. Orringer is an emeritus professor of Spanish at the University of Connecticut and a past winner of two Fulbright research grants and the Menéndez Pelayo Royal Society Humanistic Prize.
  • Table of contents

    Illustrations and Musical Examples
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Musical Glossary

    Introduction: The Intersection of Two Artist´s Lives

    Ch. 1. Music in Lorca's Letters before Meeting Falla

    Ch. 2. Falla's Fantasy Bætica [Andalusian Fantasy] and Lorca's “Baladilla de los tres ríos” [Little Ballad of the Three Rivers]: Two Searches for Andalusian Wellsprings

    Ch. 3. “Poema de la siguiriya gitana” [Poem of the Gypsy Siguiriya]: Return to the Sources of Deep Song

    Ch. 4. “Poema de la soleá” [Poem of the Soleá]: Consciousness-Raising of Pain

    Ch. 5. “Poema de la saeta” [Poem of the Saeta]: The Oblation of Pain in Seville

    Ch. 6. “Gráfico de la Petenera” [Graph of the Petenera] and Falla´s Guitar Elegy to Debussy

    Ch. 7. Openness to Death in Flamenco Artists and in Southern Cities

    Ch. 8. “Seis caprichos” [Six Caprices] or Virtuosity and Art at a Distance

    Ch. 9. Falla on Deep Song and Lorca's Romancero gitano [Gypsy Ballads]

    Ch. 10. Andalusia´s Cultural Spirit in Two Trios of Romancero gitano

    Ch. 11. Lorca's Artistic Tributes to Falla

    Postlude and Coda

    Works Consulted
    Index

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