In The Youth of Hercules, the fourth and last of Saint-Saens' Symphonic Poems, he takes for his hero Hercules, one of whose exploits had formed the subject of his earlier orchestral work, Ompilule's Spinning Wheel.
He prints in his score the outline of the plot. 'Mythology tells,' he says, 'how Hercules in early years saw two paths in life - that of dalliance in pleasure,' and that of virtue. Indifferent to the seductions of nymphs and bacchantes, the hero chooses the way of struggle and combat, at the end of which he discerns through the flames of the funeral pyre the reward of immortality.
Love, the Magician is a one-act Ballet, concerned with Andalusian gipsy life. Candelas, a young, beautiful, and passionate gipsy woman, has loved a handsome man of her own race. After his death she falls in love with Carmelo, another young gipsy, but is haunted by the jealous spectre of her former lover, of which she cannot free herself. Eventually, the ghost is laid, and Candelas and Carmelo are united. The Suite was compiled by de Falla from extracts from his ballet music.