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Nights in the Gardens of Spain, G. 49 (Noches en los jardines de España) is a piece of music by the Spanish composer Manuel de Falla. Falla was Andalusian and the work incorporates elements of his region's folk-music.
The work depicts three gardens:

En el Generalife (In the Generalife): The first gardens are in the Generalife, the jasmine-scented gardens surrounding the summer palace of the king’s harem at the Alhambra.
Danza lejana (Distant Dance): The second garden is an unidentified distant one in which there is an exotic dance.
En los jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba (In the Gardens of the Sierra de Córdoba): The third gardens are in the Sierra de Córdoba in Spain and feature lively gypsy dancing and singing for the feast of Corpus Christi.
Falla referred to Nights in the Gardens of Spain as "symphonic impressions." The piano part is elaborate, brilliant, and eloquent but rarely dominant. The orchestral writing is lush. It is Falla’s most "impressionistic" score.
Manuel de Falla y Matheu (23 November 1876 – 14 November 1946) was a Spanish composer. With Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados he is one of Spain's most important musicians of the first half of the 20th century.
From 1921 to 1939 Manuel de Falla lived in Granada. In 1936, Falla tried but failed to prevent the murder of his close friend, the poet Federico García Lorca.
He moved to Argentina in 1939, following Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War.

I saw that it is possible to visit Alhambra or Generalife in night, so I bought tickets in advance by Internet (always is a good solution!). I like this Menuel de Falla music so it was the main reason, to experience nights in the gardens o Alhambra. It was magical to walk around but in the rather dark rooms and patios difficult to make better photos (tripods couldn't be used). Then I had to come back to my hostel alone at midnight but in Spain ther people are in the streets till late.

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