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Mallorca op. 202
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The secondary literature on Isaac Albéniz (1860–1909) contains discrepant findings concerning the time of origin of the barcarolle Mallorca, one of the composer’s most popular piano pieces. While Walter Aaron Clark proposes the year 1890 in his biography, Jacinto Torres sets it at around 1887 in his work catalogue, even going so far as to consider the year 1883 as a possib... more


About the Composer


Isaac Albéniz

He numbers among the most important Spanish composers. His oeuvre consists predominantly of piano music and stage works.

1860Born in Camprodón (Gerona province) on May 29; soon thereafter his family moves to Barcelona; first piano instruction with his sister at age three and a half, first public performance at age five, subsequent piano studies with Narciso Oliveras.
from 1867Eventful youth due to concert tours with his father and sister to Paris, the Spanish provinces, then on his own to Puerto Rico and Cuba.
1876–79Studies in Brussels.
1883–86Studies composition in Barcelona with Felipe Pedrell, who persuades him of the value of Spanish folk music. This results in piano compositions such as “Recuerdos de viaje,” Op. 71 (1886–87); “España: Seis hojas de album,” Op. 165 (1890); “Cantos de España,” Op. 232 (1891–94).
1889Breakthrough as a pianist, concertizing in Paris and London.
1890–93Engaged in London by the agent Henry Lowenfeld; operetta “The Magic Opal” (premiere 1893).
1893Relocation to Paris, studies with Vincent d’Indy and Paul Dukas.
1895/96Premieres in Barcelona of his operas “Henry Clifford” (1895) and “Pepita Jiménez” (1896) with Spanish colorings in the libretti and music.
1898–1903He plans the trilogy “King Arthur” (“Merlin,” “Lancelot,” “Guenevere”), of which just “Merlin” is completed; concert performance of the original version does not take place until 1998.
1905–08Composes “Iberia,” one of his chief works for piano, in which he reworks the sounds and rhythms of Spanish folk music.
1909Death in Cambô-les-Bains (Basses-Pyrénées) on May 18.

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About the Authors

Rolf Koenen (Fingering)

As a pupil, Prof. Rolf Koenen, born in 1946 in Duisburg, had already had contact with Ewald Zimmermann, the first editor at the young publishing house. He studied the piano at the Folkwangschule in Essen with Detlef Kraus, with Ludwig Hoffmann in Munich and with Maria Tipo in Florence.

He gave concerts in a permanent duo partnership with Hansjörg Schellenberger, who was later to become the solo oboe player with the Berlin Philharmonic, and made several recordings with the Deutsche Grammophon-Gesellschaft, with Denon and Sony. Other chamber music partners included András Adorján, Stefan Dohr, Wolfgang Schulz, Claes H. Ahnsjö. Following a teaching position in Munich, Rolf Koenen was appointed as a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts in 1982.

Die Ausgabe ist von gewohnt hoher Henle-Qualität.

VdM Literaturempfehlungen für den Unterricht, 2010

Diese Ausgabe ist von gewohnt hoher Henle-Qualität. Ein Vorwort informiert über Hintergründe der Entstehung, die „Bemerkungen” am Ende des Heftes geben Aufschluss über die Quellenlage und machen Entscheidungen des Herausgebers nachvollziehbar.

NMZ, 2010

De uitgave is overzichtelijk en goed verzorgd, zoals we van Henle gewend zijn. Bijzondere aandacht is gegeven aan zinvolle oplossingen voor grote grepen. Met haakjes is duidelijk aangegeven waar de handen bepaalde noten van elkaar kunnen overnemen, zodat akkoorden niet onnodig hoeven te worden gebroken.

Pianowereld, 2008



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