Will O The Wisp by Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Manuel de Falla y Matheu was a Spanish Andalusian composer of classical music. With Isaac Albéniz, Enrique Granados and Joaquín Turina he is one of Spain’s most important musicians of the first half of the 20th century.
Romantic. Cancion Del Fuego Fatuo. 111 measures. 3/8 time signature. 4 pages.
The Song of the Willo-o’-Wisp is from the ballet El Amor Brujo and it was composed as a “gitanera’ with innate folklore motifs which translate quite readily to the spectrum of the flamenco guitar. Its imaginary folk art is the musical equivalent to Lorca’s Gitano Romancero, which translates well through magical imagination as is indicative to the haunting melody of the piece.