3. Manuel de Falla and the spanish guitar
First of all it is worth considering that the Spanish guitar is one of the most important instruments in the Andalusian culture. Guitar has not only been used as an accompaniment instrument, but also as a soloist. Because of it, during hundreds of years, guitarists have developed an enormous number of ways of playing the instrument.
Manuel de Falla, who was truly interested on the Spanish culture, had a huge knowledge of the real way of playing guitar in Andalucía.
From 1907, He maintained a good relationship with Angel Barrios (1882-1964), one of the best Spanish guitarists of that time. Falla listened to him in several private concerts and annotated the particularities of his playing. The influence of Angel Barrios during Falla´s years in Paris is evident in his music.
After many years of study, Falla was a reference of the real way of playing Spanish guitar. The above is proved when Falla is asked by Emilio Pujol to write the prologue of his book Escuela Razonada de la Guitarra. In the prologue, Falla shows a profound love and knowledge of the instrument as well as the andalusian music.
Falla wrote in some articles his thoughts about the role of guitar and his correct playing. Is, again, in Claude Debussy´s music where Falla finds the real translation from guitar to piano.