Enrique Granados

Biography

Born: 1867   Died: 1916   Country: Spain   Period: Romantic
One of the most colorful turn-of-the-century Spanish musicians, composer and pianist Enrique Granados is best remembered for his evocative solo piano works; his output also includes a great deal of orchestral music and six operas (only the last of which has gained any fame). Born in 1867 to an officer in the Spanish army, Granados received his first musical instruction from an army bandmaster. Further studies in Barcelona with Jurnet (piano) and Read more Pedrell (composition) prepared the young musician for a brief but highly influential stay in Paris (1887-1889), during which Granados worked under well-known Parisian pianist and teacher Charles de Bériot (son of the famous violinist of the same name). Granados' earliest mature work, the Valses poéticos of 1887, was completed around this time.

After returning to Barcelona in 1890 Granados spent the next decade building a dual career as pianist and composer, forming a successful piano trio with Belgian violinist Crickboom and the young Pablo Casals. His first opera, Maria del Carmen, was well received at its premiere in 1898, after which the Order of Carlos III (a Spanish knighthood) was bestowed upon Granados by a supportive government. Granados was quick to follow up on this success, and two more operas were produced in the next five years.

For the 1900 season Granados founded the Society of Classical Concerts (Sociedad de Conciertos Clásicos) in Barcelona, which, although short-lived, gave him the confidence to create his own piano school the following year (known as the Granados School, or Academia Granados). The school was a success, and Granados maintained his involvement with it until his death.

Granados was one of the great pianists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Virtually all his music relies heavily on the Catalan and Spanish folk idiom (e.g. Twelve Spanish Pieces, or Six Pieces on Spanish Popular Songs), which, along with fellow Spaniard Isaac Albéniz, Granados was instrumental in bringing to the attention of the contemporary European musical establishment. Goyescas, begun in 1902 but not finished until 1911, is perhaps his mightiest achievement. (Granados also produced an opera by the same name -- both the pianistic and operatic incarnations of the work take the striking visuals of Goya as their inspiration.)

In 1916, while returning from the U.S.A. (where the opera Goyescas had received a New York premiere on January 26, 1916, and where Granados had performed in the White House for President Wilson), the liner Sussex was torpedoed by a German U-boat. Among the casualties were Granados and his wife of 24 years. Read less
Spanish Piano Music Vol 1 - Granados, Albeniz / Martin Jones
Release Date: 03/23/1999   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5595   Number of Discs: 4
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Granados: Complete Piano Music / Martin Jones
Release Date: 07/10/2001   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 1734   Number of Discs: 6
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Granados: Goyescas;  Albeniz: Iberia / Martin Jones
Release Date: 02/01/2005   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 7718   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Goyescas: Intermezzo

 

About This Work
Added to his opera Goyescas at the last moment as a way to stall for a five-minute change of scenery, the intermezzo has emerged as a concert piece because of its simple, evocative melody. Over a simple, pizzicato in the lower strings, a singing Read more theme holds forth until giving way to stereotype Spanish trumpet and castanet riffs. When the stepping pizzicato returns, strings and woodwinds alternate with the simple melody and the work ends peacefully.

-- Michael Morrison Read less

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