Fuego Fatuo has an interesting history. Manuel De Falla (1876-1946), often regarded as the greatest Spanish composer of the 20th century, wanted to write an opera based around themes from Chopin, whom he greatly admired. The stage work was never finished; however, several attempts have been made to arrange the work for orchestra, most successfully by the Catalan conductor Antoni Ros-Marbà.
Despite its history, this orchestral suite is far from being a mere mish-mash of Chopin melodies; it is more of a meditation on Chopin’s work in general, with the focus on the harmonic and textural elements which De Falla drew from his work. It forms a fascinating insight into the mind of a great musician.