For Debussy night and mystery are important topics that the composer tries to shape on his music. As it can hear, a calm and deep sonority appear in pieces as Les Parfums de la Nuit (1905-12) and Le Soirée dans Grenade (1903). The relation with the beginning of Nights in the Spanish Gardens is clear (pianissimo dynamic, same orquestration, use of the minor mode, close range of notes in the melody).
But, to understand the mood of the begining of Nights in the Spanish Gardens, the best example is given by Falla himself, with the beginning of La Vida Breve (1904-13).
The piece starts at the sunset in Granada, it indicates “misterioso”. The sonority is very similar with the use of brief crescendos and diminuendos as well as a low register of all the instruments.
Therefore, the mood present in La Vida Breve may be imitated in the begining of Nights in the Spanish Gardens.
Apart of the examples already shown, other pieces and passages (containing water, distance and night topics) will be studied in following chapters.