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1922 is the date of the manuscript in the archive of the García Lorca Foundation, although there were probably other manuscripts, some earlier and several later ones. The manuscript version is not the definitive version. Lorca revised it later with a view to its premiere. He made arrangements with Martínez Sierra in 1924; with Rivas Cherif in 1926; he intended to publish it together with Love of Don Perlimplín… in 1928. In 1932, he thought of Margarita Xirgu and the collaboration of La Argentinita. In October 1933, he considered it finished, seeing it as a “rare work” with lyrics and music of his own and planned to premiere it in Cadiz. He worked on the piece during his stay in Montevideo. In 1935, he commissioned the sculptor Ángel Ferrant to make the heads of the puppets and he announced its premiere with music by Federico Elizalde in a Barcelona newspaper on his return from Mexico. During the spring of 1935, in Barcelona, he rehearsed with Elizalde on the piano of the Hotel Majestic. It seems that he contacted Carmen Díaz’s company for the premiere (a ballet, according to La Argentinita).