Description To close this centenary year of Falla's 'Homenaje a Debussy' (1920-2020) we proudly present a new authoritative reading of the 'Homenaje'. Based on the 1926 Chester edition, we have added in contrasting typography some selected features, indications and fingering from Llobet's previously unknown 1922 autograph manuscript - in fact his own performing copy!
Llobet's role in the creation of this work, is now confirmed as having been somewhat wider than he has been so far credited with. Newly discovered letters from Falla to Llobet confirming this are reproduced in the edition with English translations. Through these letters, we now know that even in 1920, leading up to the publication of the Homenaje in La Revue Musicale, Llobet was already a close and welcome collaborator of Falla, whose influence was already present in the 1920 edition and continued with the approved and ‘final’ Chester edition of 1926 which is the standard reading of this masterpiece and a main source for our new reading.
We are pleased now to be able to debunk many largly unsubtantiated 'opinions', not dissimilar to those of the late John Duarte, which propose or infer that the 1920 Revue Musicale edition of the Homenaje is some sort of a 'sacred Urtext' and that Llobet's 'editorship' was personal, stylistic, apparently without Falla's approval and not what Falla himself intended! In fact, almost exactly the opposite is cleary the case, and substanciated in Falla's letters to Llobet, published for the time in this edition.
The edition is generously documented with rare photographs, concert programmes etc. Iconographically rich it includes full reproductions of three key manuscripts of the Homenaje, including Falla's original manuscript, Miguel Llobet's previously unknown 1922 manuscript, the 1920 edition from the Revue Musicale, Falla's article Claude Debussy et L'Espagne in a new English translation and the 1923 Argentinian edition of the Homenaje from 'La Guitarra'.
Falla was enthusiastic about Llobet's performances of the Homenaje and he greatly appreciated Llobet’s transcriptions of the 'Romance del Pescador' and the 'Canción del Fuego Fatuo'; these together with the Homenaje figured as a 'Triptych' in Llobet's concert programmes. Both transcriptions are published here for the first time, prepared from Llobet's autograph manuscripts.
This volume includes a free Audio CD of the three works in this volume plus 11 bonus tracks. Our CD offers wonderful performances of Llobet’s complete transcriptions of Falla’s music transcribed for the solo guitar, guitar duo and voice & guitar.
Contents FALLA: *Homenaje pour 'Le Tombeau de Debussy' (rev. and ed. Llobet)
FALLA: *Romance del Pescador (trans. Llobet)
FALLA: *Canción del Fuego Fatuo (trans. Llobet)
ABOUT THE CD
Stefano Grondona (guitar)
Laura Mondiello (guitar)
María José Montiel (mezzo-soprano)
All works composed by Manuel de Falla and arrranged by Miguel Llobet
A Triptych for solo guitar
1. Homenaje pour le Tombeau de Debussy
2. Romance del Pescador (El Amor Brujo)
3. Canción del Fuego Fatuo (El Amor Brujo)
Four previously unedited guitar duo transcriptions
4. *Cubana (Cuatro Piezas Españolas)
5. *Danza del Molinero (El Sombrero)
6. *Pantomina (El Amor Brujo)
7. *Danza Ritual del Fuego (Amor Brujo)
Siete Canciones Populares Españolas **
arranged by Llobet for voice and guitar
8. El paño moruno
9. Seguidilla murciana
* These guitar duos are now published in GHE912 Llobet Works Vol. 12
Manuel de Falla: Four unedited guitar duos
** Published by Durand Eschig (transcr. Llobet rev. Pujol)