Personalities | Enrique Granados | Late Romantic | Classical

(En-re’-ka Gra-na’-thos) 1867–1916
Spanish composer

Born in Lérida, Granados studied with Pedrell in Barcelona and then in Paris. He later founded and directed a music academy in Barcelona. Like his compatriots Albéniz and Falla, he forged a new Spanish style, with strumming effects, ornamentation, modes and exuberant dance rhythms. His best-known works are the Goyescas (1911), two sets of imaginative piano pieces inspired by the great Spanish painter Goya, of which ‘The Maiden and the Nightingale’ is one of the most famous. The pieces were reworked into Goyescas, one of his seven completed operas. It was while returning from its premiere in 1916 at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, that Granados and his wife drowned tragically, when their ship was torpedoed in the English Channel.

Recommended Recording:
Danzas españolas, Alicia de Larrocha (Decca)

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