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El amor brujo, de Manuel de Falla Posted by on Jun 24, 2011 in Spanish Culture, Videos

Noche de San Juan… noche de brujas, seres sobrenaturales y leyendas. Dicen que en esa noche se abre una puerta “al otro lado”, ese que nunca percibimos. En cada playa, en cada rincón se encenderán hogueras para pedir deseos y quemar malos pensamientos. Saldrán los trasgos, danzarán las hadas, los tesoros encantados quedarán a manos de los mortales, y los encantamientos podrán ser rotos esa noche. Las jóvenes se lavarán la cara en agua pura y cristalina para mantener su belleza.

Quizá por esos pensamientos sobre el fuego, hoy recordé a un gran compositor español, y una de sus mejores obras desde mi punto de vista: Manuel de Falla y su “Amor brujo”. El ballet “El amor brujo” fue compuesto entre 1914 y 1915, tras la vuelta del compositor de Paris, como respuesta a la petición de la cantante y bailarina Pastora Imperio. Quería una pieza en la que pudiese destacar tanto su voz como su baile. La obra fue un fracaso, así que Falla la modificó, y centró la composición principalmente en la música y la danza. Esta es la versión que ha llegado hasta nosotros.

La historia, de marcado carácter andaluz, cuenta los amores de la gitana Candela con el apuesto Carmelo. Aunque la joven lo ama, es cada noche tentada por el espectro del que fue su amante, un gitano celoso, malvado, pero fascinante, por el que siente una atracción fatal. Es con la ayuda de otra mujer que el joven consigue arrebatar a su amada de las garras de ese amor nefasto y sobrenatural. Baile, muerte y amor son los ingredientes de esta obra que nos ha dejado piezas tan impresionantes como la “Danza ritual del fuego”, la “Canción del fuego fatuo” o la “Danza del terror”. Una música hipnótica, casi mística, que juega con el flamenco y melodías orientales, dotando a “El amor brujo” de una fuerza casi sobrenatural. Gracias a Carlos Saura y su adaptación para el cine disfrutamos de estos videos, con Antonio Gades y Cristina Hoyos al baile y la voz Rocío Jurado.

Como decía, música perfecta para escuchar en una noche mágica como esta. ¡No os olvidéis de realizar vuestros conjuros y pedir vuestros deseos! Y sobre todo, de quemar en ese fuego purificador cualquier objeto que represente un mal recuerdo.

The eve of St. John… a night of witches, supernatural beings and legends. It is said that in this night a door “to the other side” is opened, the “side” that we never perceive. In every beach, in every place bonfires will be lit to make wishes and burn bad thoughts. The goblins will go out, the fairies will dance, enchanted treasures will fall into mortal hands, and  enchantments could be broken on this night. Young women will wash their face in pure and crystalline water to maintain their beauty.

Maybe caused by these thoughts about fire, I remembered today a great Spanish composer and one of his best works from my point of view: Manuel de Falla and his literally Spell-bound Love, but generally known as Love, the Magician “. The ballet “Love, the Magician” was composed between 1914 and 1915, after the return of the composer from Paris, as a response to the singer and dancer Pastora Imperio’s request. She wanted a piece where she could emphasize both her voice and her dance. It was a failure, so Falla modified it, and focused the composition mainly on music and dance. This one is the version that has come up to us.

The history, of marked Andalusian character, talks about the love between the gypsy Candela and the handsome Carmelo. Although the young woman loves him, she is tempted every night by the spectre of a former lover, a jealous, wicked, but fascinating gypsy, for whom she feels a fatal attraction. It is with another woman’s help that the young man gets to wrench her beloved from the claws of this pernicious and supernatural love. Dance, death, and love are the ingredients of this work that has left us pieces as amazing as the “Ritual Fire Dance”, the “Song of the will-o’-the-wisp” or the “Dance of terror”. A hypnotic, almost mystical music, which plays with flamenco and oriental melodies, giving to “Love, the Magician” an almost supernatural force. It is thanks to Carlos Saura and his screen version that we can enjoy watching these videos, with Antonio Gades and Cristina Hoyos as dancers, and Rocío Jurado’s voice.

As I was saying, the perfect music to listen to during a magical night as this one. Do not forget to make your spells and wishes! And obviously, to burn in this purifier bonfire any object that represents an unhappy memory.

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Hi all! I’m Magda, a Spanish native speaker writing the culture posts in the Transparent Language Spanish blog. I have a Bachelor’s in English Philology and a Master’s in Linguistics and Literature from the University of Granada, in Spain. I have also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, and then worked as an English teacher in several schools and academies for several years. Last year was my first at university level. In addition, I work as a private tutor, teaching English and Spanish as a foreign language to students and adults. In my free time, I’m an avid reader and writer, editing and collaborating in several literary blogs. I have published my first poetry book recently. And last but not least, I love photography!