Piece in three movements
Includes celesta (features solo piano)
I. En el Generalife
II. Danza Lejana
III. En los Jardines de la Sierra de Córdoba
De Falla was Andalusian, or from southern Spain, and this work refers to the historic Hispano-Arabic culture of this region.
This piece started as a set of nocturnes for solo piano turned into a work for piano and orchestra at the suggestion of pianist Ricardo Viñes.
The composer referred to Noches en los Jardines de España or Nights in the Gardens of Spain as a set of "symphonic impressions".
En el Generalife describes the jasmine-scented gardens around the Alhambra.
Danza Lejana is an unidentified, distant garden in which there is an exotic dance.
The best-known inhabitant of the gardens of the Sierra de Córdoba was the Sufi philosopher Ibn Masarra, and the dances depicted here are presumably Sufi dances
INSTRUMENTATION: piano (solo), 3 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, cymbals, triangle, celesta, harp, strings