Manuel de Falla / Fiorello
On this day in classical music: Spanish composer Manuel de Falla was born in CĂˇdiz in 1876. His first important work was the one-act opera â€śLa vida breveâ€ť (The Brief Life), written in 1905 and further revised before its 1913 premiere. Other notable works among his musical output are â€śNights in the Gardens of Spain,â€ť a nocturne for piano and orchestra; the ballet â€śEl amor brujoâ€ť (Love the Magician) which contains the popular â€śRitual Fire Dance,â€ť and the ballet â€śThe Three-Cornered Hat.â€ť Listen to Daniel Barenboim and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the â€śRitual Fire Dance.â€ť http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUir35l5y8U
On this day in the musical theatre: â€śFiorello!,â€ť a musical biography of one-time New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, opened on Broadway in 1959. Featuring a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, â€śFiorello!â€ť told the story of how La Guardia reformed city politics by bringing to an end Tammany Hallâ€™s well-oiled political machine. The musical was partly inspired by the 1955 book â€śLife With Fiorello.â€ť The musical opened in the same season as â€śThe Sound of Musicâ€ť and tied with the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic as best musical. Tom Bosley won a supporting actor Tony for his role as the title character. â€śFiorello!â€ť also earned the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1960. Listen to Bosley and company perform â€śThe Nameâ€™s LaGuardia.â€ť http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbmS1YLFp-I
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