Lorca in Tune with Falla: Literary and Musical Interludes

Lorca in Tune with Falla: Literary and Musical Interludes

by Nelson R. Orringer
     
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Choice Magazine vol 52:01:2014 - F. Colecchia
‘This meticulously researched endeavor transcends its temporal and topographic confines. A fascinating book. Highly recommended.’
Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispanicos vol 38:02:2014 - Christopher Maurer

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

Hispania vol 98:02:2015 - Gerardo Pina-Rosales

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.’

RILCE vol 32:01:2016 - Javier San José Lera

‘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.’

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442667754
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
02/05/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
7 MB

What People are saying about this

Roberta Quance

“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.”

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“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.”

“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

“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.”

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Meet the Author

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.

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