The three-cornered hat

The three-cornered hat

Printed Music - 1997 | Spanish
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Dover Pubns
Based on a story by Alarcón, this ballet abounds in wit and vitality and is enhanced with the flavor of Andalusian folk music. Reprinted from an authoritative source.

In 1917 a Madrid stage theater hosted a mime version of the folk tale El Corregidor y la molinera (The Governor and the Miller's Wife) with music by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla (1876–1946). The production attracted the attention of the famous impresario Sergei Diaghilev, who persuaded Falla to rework and rescore the music for a ballet. In that form, with sets by Picasso, it was first performed in London in 1919 as The Three-Cornered Hat (El sombrero de tres picos) and enjoyed an immediate success.
Based on a story by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, the work is full of wit and vitality, enhanced with the flavor of Andalusian folk music that permeates Falla's music of the period. Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians praised this captivating ballet as "the most humorous of Falla's works," and its initial popularity has remained undiminished. A staple of the ballet and orchestral repertoires, the complete score of The Three-Cornered Hat is now available in this attractive, high-quality edition, reproduced from an authoritative 1921 English score.

Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover, 1997
ISBN: 9780486296470
Branch Call Number: MUSIC SCORE 781.556 FALLA
Characteristics: 1 score (xi, 254 pages) ; 31 cm
Notes: Includes synopsis in English
Reprint. Originally published: London : J. & W. Chester, 1921
Ballet by Martinez Sierra, after a story by Alarcon


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