The Spanish composer Enrique Granados left a varied and wide-ranging oeuvre, but it is above all his piano music that is still very much alive today. Our Urtext edition of the dazzlingly virtuoso Goyescas – no doubt his best-known piano composition – now brings a prestigious new work to our catalogue. The suite was written between 1909 and 1911. Its unusual title goes back to the Spanish artist Francisco de Goya, whose paintings inspired Granados. The Goyescas conjure up Spanish life in Goya’s time at the end of the 18th century – gallant and sensual, but also melancholic and dark. The subtitle “Los majos enamorados” (the young lovers) provides a thematic link among the six scenes which depict the joys and sufferings of budding love.
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In music history, the 19th century is justifiably viewed as the period in which national styles emerged, and national folk-song repertories gained entry into art music. In Spain this happened comparatively late as a Spanish “colouring” had long been associated with works such as Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, or Georges Bizet’s Carmen. It was only at the … more
About the composer
A Spanish composer, pianist, and pedagogue, his compositional style is primarily oriented around late Romanticism. He incorporates folkloric elements of his homeland in multiple ways. He largely wrote pieces for piano, along with stage works, vocal music, chamber music, and orchestral pieces.
|1867||Born in Lleida on July 27.|
|from 1874||In Barcelona he becomes a pupil of Francisco Javier Jurner at the singing academy Escolania de la Mercè.|
|from 1880||He studies piano with Joan Baptista Pujol.|
|1883||Wins first prize in the Acadèmía Pujol piano competition.|
|from1884||Studies harmony and composition with Felip Pedrell.|
|from 1886||Works as a pianist at the Café de las Delicias. He teaches the children of his patron Eduardo Conde.|
|from 1887||He becomes a private student of Charles-Auguste de Bériot. In Paris he is in contact with Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Fauré, among others.|
|from 1895||In Barcelona he performs as soloist at concerts of the Societat Catalana de Concerts and the Societat Filharmonica.|
|1898||His opera “María del Carmen” is premiered in Madrid. He is awarded the Cruz de Carlos III.|
|1901||Founds the Acadèmia Granados in Barcelona.|
|1904||His Allegro de concierto is awarded the Madrid Conservatory’s first prize. He gives concerts in Spain and France.|
|1911||He is named Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur.|
|1916||On January 28, his opera “Goyescas” – adapted from his eponymous cycle of piano pieces – is premiered to great acclaim at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.|
|1916||On the journey back to Europe, both he and his wife die on March 24 when the SS Sussex is torpedoed.|
Au milieu d'un tel dédale, Ullrich Scheideler a restitué un Urtext cohérent qui se présente comme une alternative sérieuse à l'édition intégrale catalane supervisée par Alicia de Larrocha.
De uitgave geeft alleen de vingerzetting van Granados zelf en is voorbeeldig verzorgd.
Die Urtext-Ausgabe aus dem Hause Henle ist so sorgfältig und umfassend aufbereitet, wie man es von diesem Verlag gewohnt ist.