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Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat

G1, Prif Adeilad y Celfyddydau, Prifysgol Bangor, Ffordd y Coleg
Dydd Mercher 23 Hydref 2019, 13:00–14:00
Ysgol Cerddoriaeth a'r Cyfryngau
John Cunningham

Manuel de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat 

Yr Athro Chris Collins


‘A very clever falla indeed’: The Three-Cornered Hat and the London of 1919

The first performance of The Three-Cornered Hat by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in London in July 1919 was met with near-unanimous approval in the popular and serious press alike. Critics recorded theatregoers’ enthusiasm not only for the dancing but also for Manuel de Falla’s music and Pablo Picasso’s designs, despite the challenges of their avant-garde qualities. This paper examines the question of who actually made up the audience at these performances, and studies questions of contemporary taste by means of a detailed analysis of 21 press reviews. On the basis of these data, it proposes an interpretation of the ballet’s relevance to the British public in the immediate aftermath of the First World War as an emblem of the spirit of lightness, order and optimism that had begun to pervade the country in the days following the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.