This touching little piece by Spanish composer Ernesto Halffter has been occupying me for some time. I hope you like it as much as I do. Halffter - Serenade a Dulcinee (6:07) Ernesto Halffter, from mixed German/Spanish stock, was the brother of Rodolfo Halffter whose Bagatelas I recorded last year. While Rodolfo was on the side of the republicans, and consequently had to flee to Mexico, Ernesto was a supporter of general Franco. But I don't hold that against him, such is the beautiful and life-affirming quality of his music. Halffter was the star pupil of Manuel de Falla, some of whose works he completed and transcribed. Halffter's influences were (obviously) Falla, Scarlatti, Stravinsky, and Spanish music from Renaissance to flamenco. I plan to submit some more of his works soon. Intriguingly, this piece (published in 1951) is dedicated A Maria Isabel de Franco. I could not find any evidence whether or not this lady was related to the Generalissimo.