Music: Falla's Last Dream

For the last 20 years of his life, Spanish Composer Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) seemed to have deserted music. In Granada, and later in Argentina, he passed his time in apparently unproductive solitude. But Falla never stopped working, and the years of silence were filled with a dream—"to glorify the immortality of Spain through music." Last week, at Milan's La Scala, the grand dream came to life at the premiere of Falla's four-hour-long scenic cantata La Atlantida.

Falla conceived of La Atlantida as his life's masterwork. a Spanish Parsifal, throbbing with epic...

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