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.
Hear Alicia de Larrocha
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siudzi (34141) 2014-06-20 0:43
Widok jest rzeczywiście wspaniały! Nie mam wątpliwości, że Twój wieczorny spacer po tym wyjątkowym miejscu był bardzo udany. Piękny kadr, dobra realizacja.
baclama (18555) 2014-06-20 1:13
suprbes reflets nocturnes
belle gestion de la lumiere
lestans (17152) 2014-06-20 1:18
a very nice one, a fantastic place captured in the dark! I did not know that it is possible to go there in the night, it must be amazing.
A good reflection in the water of the beautiful arches.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-06-20 2:40
superbes reflets, superbe lumière dorée, superbe rendu de cette belle atmosphère propre aux "jardins d'éden".
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-20 2:54
lovely night shot this. Love the light which is managed beautifully. Lots of warm ambience here and an exquisite presentation.
Have a great weekend - B.
mkamionka (32871) 2014-06-20 2:58
my spedzilismy w Granadzie tylko dwie noce, w praktyce poltorej dnia. Teraz wiem ze to za malo. Po samym miescie chcialbym poblakac sie o kilku roznych porach dnia bo swiatlo jest tak rozne. Dlatego tez wlasnie zdecydowalismy nie isc do Alhambry noca, teraz pewnie inaczej bym zdecydowal... Piekna praca i bardzo wyjatkowa -mysle ze malo ludzi decyduje sie na nocna wizyte w tym miejscu.Byc moze tylko przyblizylbym te oswietlone element wycinajac ciemne obszary tak zeby calosc byla nieco zywsza.
Doskonale odbicie no i przede wszystkim zadnych turystow.
claudeD (35907) 2014-06-20 3:07
very fine night shot from the wonderful city of Granada.Excellent light managment and perfect sharpness. Very well seen and done.TFS.
WIth regards from Luxembourg
Sergiom (68602) 2014-06-20 5:21
Une très belle photo de nuit. Tous les éléments ressortent bien malgré que ce soit très sombre. Les reflets sont parfait et donnent une symétrie parfaite.
Nicou (131358) 2014-06-20 5:25
quelle vue et compo sueprb eiamge ces reflet les tons doux ces arches en rond sueprbe cpatage et iamge.
Bravo et amitié
gildasjan (42718) 2014-06-20 10:10
Une symétrie rigoureuse justifiée pour cette image et ici le bon rendu chaud des couleurs a été obtenu grâce à une exposition bien dosée.
cornejo (36353) 2014-06-20 10:18
Hola Malgo, estupenda y bella foto querida amiga, excelente y encantador trabajo, mis felicitaciones.
Buena noche y feliz fin de semana.
Un cordial abrazo.
Angel y Toñi.
mesutilgim (89726) 2014-06-20 12:42
Very nice nocturnal capture from Granada with wonderfull reflections.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (39651) 2014-06-20 13:46
bel colpo, hai avuto un'ottima intuizione e hai realizzato molto bene la tua idea.
L'effetto del riflesso è proprio bello.
PS vieni al mare con me domani?
chrislo (4155) 2014-06-20 14:25
Excellent reflection shot with a very interesting symmetry. Time and care has been taken to produce a well-balanced composition. The warm artificial lighting creates a lovely atmosphere, and despite the low light conditions, you captured some beautiful details of this fine architecture. A very beautiful night shot.
Have a nice weekend.
worldcitizen (7708) 2014-06-20 15:20
This is a beautiful night photo, and it was created without a tripod...wow! The sharpness and exposure are excellent. I like the repeating arches, the reflections, and the golden color. Your note is very informative, too. :-)
jjcordier (79275) 2014-06-20 21:55
Superbe vision nocturne de l'Alhambra. Dommage que l'on ne puisse pas utiliser le trépied mais le résultat est quand même magnifique.
rychem (28911) 2014-06-20 23:20
Super, idealne odbicie i wspaniały kadr, nic dodać nic ująć :)))
kasianowak (7573) 2014-06-21 0:14
Piekne zdjecie, ktore odzwierciedla atmosfere tej wspanialej architektury o zmierzchu oraz tej muzyki, o ktorej mowisz w opisie. Super kolory i odbicia.
Pozdrawiam i zycze milego weekendu
vjmite (4134) 2014-06-21 4:57
The photo has a great atmosphere, good sharpness and depth of field. The symmetry of the reflection works well. You were lucky to get to see the Alhambra at night - it seems to be far less crowded than during the day.
dkmurphys (53481) 2014-06-21 5:29
Mysterious night scene. The architecture is just great! Well taken, have a fine weekend.
Noel_Byrne (27742) 2014-06-21 8:44
I have never seen this place at night, and what a sight it presents! Amazing golden light complimented by its own reflection, and the designs of the building itself are of course beautiful. Really nicely done to capture this scene so pin sharp without a tripod, the result is really cool.
Thanks as always
PaulVDV (24695) 2014-06-21 13:33
I didn't know that it was possible to visit the Alhambra at night ...
Were there many visitors then ? I remember that at daytime it's very difficult to take pictures without people in front of your camera.
It looks magical at night. Very beautiful reflections.
Good light management. Well done!
Best regards, Paul
mirosu (15350) 2014-06-21 18:51
This is a splendid night photo from famous Alhambra's Generalife. The light is perfect, reflections excellent. The symmetrical arrangement and tight crop works very well for it. Brilliant photo work.
Very well done my friend.
Wish you a nice Sunday.
jemaflor (90023) 2014-06-21 23:25
So nice by night this monument, excellent effect with thes ebeautiful reflections on water, good format and well managed for the capture, tfs.
SnapRJW (31627) 2014-06-21 23:39
Hello Malgo - The reflections look superb at night don't they? So richly coloured and toned. The shot has an almost painterly look and I think that you did very well considering that you couldn't use a tripod.
Your evening out sounds marvellous.
Have a lovely Sunday.
delpeoples (55254) 2014-06-22 5:13
Ciao cara Itchy Feet
They were very strict with the no tripods rule, weren't they? You did very well here as I know how dark it was. The golden light and black sky make wonderful companions. Beautiful reflections and symmetry. An exquisite shot and a wonderful memory of our night visit to this magical place.
siolaw (38292) 2014-06-23 7:05
Another fitting piece of music is 'Recuerdos de la Alhambra' composed by Francisco Tarrega... Check it here
Nice picture of the famous monument at night with a nice shine and reflection in the water...
Silvio1953 (131638) 2014-06-23 13:02
Ciao Malgorzata, fascinating nocturne shoot with fantastic reflections, excellent exposure and splendid Light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
mjw364 (2) 2014-06-25 6:42
I like the symmetry and warmth of this reflection shot very much. Great sho0t.
josepmarin (58031) 2014-07-04 2:42
you offers us a gorgeous spectacle of a beautiful architecture, its elegant lighting, and the wonderful reflections of the ensemble on the water mirror of the Generalife's gardens.
The exposure is managed well, I like the nice play of chiaroscuro that you've achieved here.
A beautiful work.
adores (41618) 2014-07-14 17:03
I'm not sure I've seen night shots of this place before. The effect of the reflections is great. Very well framed, it was surely a great idea to go there in the night, the atmosphere is surely very different!
rigoletto (34279) 2014-07-20 4:48
oh wow! so you found a fake tripod and shot this without a real one, i really appreciate. it is the kind of photo any trekearther would love: exotic subject, handsome reflections, crisp details and superb symmetry. falla would be proud of you as well as the almohad sultan.
NorthernLight (2383) 2014-08-16 4:05
a very interesting architecture, a great reflection and a wide range of ocher tones.
But what I like best is the atmosphere that you have captured there. Congratulations!
Have a good weekend
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (87444)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-05-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork, Event
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- Date Submitted: 2014-06-20 0:33