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Enrique Granados

July 27, 1867 - March 24, 1916
born in Lèrida, Spain, composed during the Romantic period
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 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. ~ Blair Johnston, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Granados: Complete Piano Works [Box Set]

Disc 1
Title: Goyescas (Dandies In Love), Pieces (6) In 2 Books For Piano, H. 64
Title: El Pelele, For Piano (Also Arr. For 2 Pianos By Llongás), H. 106
Disc 2
Title: Spanish Dances (12), In 4 Volumes For Piano (Also Arrangements), Op. 37, H. 142
Disc 3
Title: Allegro De Concierto, For Piano In C Major, Op. 46, H. 6
Title: Valses Poéticos (7), For Piano, H. 147
Title: Capricho Español, For Piano, Op. 39, H. 30
Title: Rapsodia Aragonesa, For Piano, H. 113
Title: Carezza (Waltz), For Piano, Op. 38, H. 31
Title: Oriental (Canción Variada, Intermedio Y Final), For Piano, H. 101
Title: Impromptus (2), For Piano, H. 144
Disc 4
Title: Moresque Y Canción áRabe, Pieces (2) For Piano, H. 95
Title: Cuentos De La Juventud (Scenes Of Childhood), Pieces (10) For Piano, Op. 1, H. 39
Title: Sardana, For Piano, H. 118
Title: Bocetos: Colección De Obras Fáciles, Pieces (4) For Piano, H. 16
Title: Mazurka (Alla Polacca), For Piano, Op .2, H. 85
Title: Barcarola For Piano, Op. 45, H. 14
Title: Los Soldados De Cartón, March For Piano, H. 126
Title: A La Pradera, For Piano, Op. 35, H. 3
Title: Danza Característica, For Piano, H. 41
Title: A La Cubana, For Piano, Op. 36, H. 2
Title: Escenas Poéticas, Series 2, Pieces (4) For Piano, H. 56
Disc 5
Title: Escenas Románticas, Pieces (6) For Piano, H. 57
Title: Pieces (6) On Spanish Folksongs, For Piano, H. 125
Title: Danza Lenta, For Piano, H. 44
Title: Aparición, For Piano, H. 10
Title: Cartas De Amor - Valses íNtimos (4), For Piano, Op. 44, H. 32
Title: Libro De Horas (Book Of Hours), Pieces (3) For Piano, H. 77
Disc 6
Title: Impromptu For Piano, Op. 39, H. 70
Title: Estudios Expresivos (Expressive Studies In The Form Of Easy Pieces) (6), For Piano, H. 124
Title: Military March, For Piano Or Piano, 4 Hands, H. 82
Title: Estudio (Andantino Espressivo), For Piano, H. 58
Title: Elisenda, Suite For Voice, Piano, Harp, String Quintet, Flute, Oboe & Clarinet, H. 50
Title: Paisaje, For Piano, H. 104
Title: Military Marches (2), For Piano, 4 Hands, H. 145
Title: Escenas Poéticas, Series 1, Pieces (3) For Piano, H. 55
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Track List: Granados: Goyescas No1-6; Valses poéticos H147

Disc 1
Title: Goyescas (Dandies In Love), Pieces (6) In 2 Books For Piano, H. 64
Title: El Pelele, For Piano (Also Arr. For 2 Pianos By Llongás), H. 106
Disc 2
Title: Escenas Románticas, Pieces (6) For Piano, H. 57
Title: Valses Poéticos (7), For Piano, H. 147
Title: Seis Piezas Sobre Cantos Populares Espanoles
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Track List: Granados: Piano Music Vol. 4

Title: Apariciones: Valses Románticos, For Piano, DLR 7:5
Title: A La Cubana, For Piano, Op. 36, H. 2
Title: Cuentos De La Juventud (Scenes Of Childhood), Pieces (10) For Piano, Op. 1, H. 39
Title: Improvisation On Themes Of Valenciana Jota, For Piano (transcription Of A Recording By Granados)
Title: Valses Poéticos (7), For Piano, H. 147
Title: Rapsodia Aragonesa, For Piano, H. 113
Title: Escenas Infantiles (Childhood Scenes), Pieces (7) For Piano, H. 54, DLR 4:1
Title: Aparición, For Piano, H. 10
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Track List: Granados: Piano Music Vol. 7 - Sentimental Waltzes; Love Letters; The Gondola; 6 Expressive Studies

Title: Valses Sentimentales (Sentimental Waltzes), For Piano, DLR 8:4.1-10
Title: Estudios (7) For Piano, DLR 4:4.1-7
Title: Estudios Expresivos (Expressive Studies In The Form Of Easy Pieces) (6), For Piano, H. 124
Title: Bocetos: Colección De Obras Fáciles, Pieces (4) For Piano, H. 16
Title: Exquise (Gypsy Waltz), For Piano, H. 59, DLR 7:7
Title: L'Himne Dels Morts, For Piano (also Arr. For Strings By Lopez-Chavarri), H. 67, DLR 5:5
Title: Cartas De Amor - Valses íNtimos (4), For Piano, Op. 44, H. 32
Title: A La Antigua - Bourrée, For Pedal Piano, H. 1, DLR 3:19
Title: Minuetto, For Pedal Piano, H. 92, DLR 3:17
Title: La Góndola - Escena Poética, For Pedal Piano, DLR 3:25
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Track List: Granados: Piano Music Vol. 8 - Album of Melodies; Cardboard Soldiers; The Mermaid

Title: Carezza (Waltz), For Piano, Op. 38, H. 31
Title: Dolora, For Piano In A Minor, H. 48, DLR 3:7
Title: Clothilde, Mazurka For Piano, H. 35, DLR 3:3
Title: La Sirena, Waltz For Piano, H. 123, DLR 7:2
Title: Dans Le Bois, For Piano, DLR 3:11
Title: Marcha Real, For Piano (arrangement Of Spanish National Anthem), DLR 3:22
Title: Los Soldados De Cartón, March For Piano, H. 126
Title: Elvira, Mazurka For Piano, H. 51, DLR 3:2
Title: Album. Paris, 1888, Pieces (40, Some Incomplete) For Piano, H. 4, DLR 3:1
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Track List: Granados: Piano Music, Vol. 3

Title: Work(s)
Title: Danza Lenta, For Piano, H. 44
Title: Escenas Románticas, Pieces (6) For Piano, H. 57
Title: Barcarola For Piano, Op. 45, H. 14
Title: Capricho Español, For Piano, Op. 39, H. 30
Title: Libro De Horas (Book Of Hours), Pieces (3) For Piano, H. 77
Title: Paisaje, For Piano, H. 104
Title: Allegro Appassionata, For Piano, H. 5, DLR 4:6
Title: Allegro De Concierto, For Piano In C Major, Op. 46, H. 6
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Track List: Granados: Piano Works Vol. 6 - The Enchanted Palace in the Sea; Elisenda's Garden; Three Impromptus

Title: María Del Carmen, Prelude For Piano (transcription Of A Recording By Granados), H. 84
Title: Pieces (6) On Spanish Folksongs, For Piano, H. 125, DLR 5:2
Title: El Jardí D'Elisenda (arr. From Vocal Suite "Elisenda"), H. 75, DLR 6:2
Title: Parranda-Murcia, For Piano, DLR 1:4
Title: Pastoral, For Piano, DLR 3:12
Title: Danza Característica, For Piano, H. 41
Title: Sardana, For Piano, H. 118
Title: Serenata, For Piano, DLR 3:20
Title: Jácara, For Piano, Op. 14, H. 74, DLR 2:1
Title: Países Soñados: Palacio Encantado En El Mar, Leyenda For Piano, DLR 5:9
Title: Impromptus (2), For Piano, H. 144
Title: Impromptu For Piano, Op. 39, H. 70
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Track List: Granados: Scarlatti Sonata Transcriptions

Disc 1
Title: Sonatas (24) For Piano (Transcriptions Of D. Scarlatti), H. 143, Dlr 6:1
Title: Sonata For Piano In A Major (transcription Of F. Courcelle), DLR 6:1
Title: Sonatas (24) For Piano (Transcriptions Of D. Scarlatti), H. 143, Dlr 6:1
Title: Sonata For Piano In E Major (transcription Of Work Attributed To D. Scarlatti), DLR 6:1
Disc 2
Title: Sonatas (24) For Piano (Transcriptions Of D. Scarlatti), H. 143, Dlr 6:1

Comments

Myyyyyyyyyyy y freakin GOODNESS, I LUV this music 2 pieces!!!
darcie29tudo r
I found this on my Scott Joplin, how fitting! Very good Pandora! !
I encourage everyone to read the story of how this man dies.
anna01757
Brilliant composer.
rena6399
What a fantastic discovery, beautiful!
sacredfun6
Amazing that Spanish Dances was not written for guitar, but piano...
Rrr
Mr. Bream is a joy to listen to, but have to admit I prefer his baroque stuff far more, also it sounds like he is playing on a spruce guitar, too bright. His bass strings are dead sounding, and the trebles over done. I have to go play this, one of my favorite songs to play for the wall.
jesse6895
that's cool!
mont.2001
i love classical music ... it just relaxes me when im stressed and this is one of my favorite composers. I love playing or even listening to this music because i play the cello in orchestra at school !!.
susiespianos t u d i o
I absolutely adore Granados! I first really paid attention to his works when I entered music school at Southwest TX State Univ. in 1996. My closest friend in school played his Spanish Dances so beautifully it brought tears to my eyes. Muy Bonita!!!! susiespianos t u d i o
could lick the fine hairs off a cats avocado with a cattle-prod
Beautiful and elegant music from an idyllic past, and yet that rare scintillatin g flame may still live within each of us.
Good correction. Also the ship wasn't going from New York. He had missed his boat from America to Spain, and had to sail to England instead. Then he was taking the ferry Sussex across the Channel to Dieppe when it was torpedoed by a U-boat. It appears he jumped out of the life boat to save his wife and they were both drowned. Ironically, the ship did not sink, and most of the passengers were saved.
christine.cl o v e r
i was wrong, the ship was the Sussex and it occurred in 1917. The Lusitania sank in 1915.
christine.cl o v e r
Granados and his wife were tragically lost at sea when the Lusitania was torpedoed in 1916.
kettering2
Plainly and simply...ELE G A N T ! !
citicelt
brings joy and peace to the heart and soul. towering talent.
this is magic music.
All of my cares and tensions are fading away. I'm relaxing more with every note I hear. Fantastico!
Fantastico .... makes me want to return to Spain
xusu
such beautiful and witty music.
ah memories of Catalan....
LOVE IT,
this music reminds you of warm sun and blue sea with a cool breeze blowing.....
chhighsmith
I found out about Enrique several years ago. His music has been transcribed for guitar and that's how I discovered it
just discovered this guy...amazin g stuff. romantic with a a spiritual element as mayginin mentions
boricua-mami 7 8
I simply enjoy listening to this genre of music in the morning while I'm getting ready for work. It reminds me of an olden era,in which I did not live physically,b u t spiritually. ;)
mayginin
Absolutely spiritual is how this composition makes me feel !
Lovely. It takes me away, far away.
I sat and smoked a bit and forgot what I was thinking about.
Granados was a great Spanish composer but underneath you have a list under Similar Composers who are Schumann, Glazunov, Chabrier, Tchaikovsky, and Chopin. They were respectively German, Russian, French, Russian and Polish. Their music sounds nothing like Granados'.
.
this guy has a major mustachio!

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