When Albéniz’ work Sevilla was performed in Madrid in 1886, it not only brought the composer public recognition but also a commission to compose an eight-movement Suite espagnole for piano (HN 783). Although it took him a further 15 years to complete the latter, Sevilla was already published in a single edition in 1886. Most people are probably not familiar with the original version of this spirited miniature about the Spanish city and its native flamenco. This is because Albéniz captured the musical character so effectively that guitar players immediately claimed the piece for themselves. Our Henle Urtext edition for piano now gives pianists the chance to reclaim flamenco for the piano.
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In the first decade of his career, Isaac Albéniz (1860 –1909) saw himself as a cosmopolitan artist who was musically at home just about everywhere in the world. He was born in Camprodón in northern Spain, grew up in Barcelona and as a child prodigy pianist in the early 1870s was already giving evening recitals that would later take him as far away as North America. These … more
About the composer
He numbers among the most important Spanish composers. His oeuvre consists predominantly of piano music and stage works.
|1860||Born 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 1867||Eventful youth due to concert tours with his father and sister to Paris, the Spanish provinces, then on his own to Puerto Rico and Cuba.|
|1876–79||Studies in Brussels.|
|1883–86||Studies 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).|
|1889||Breakthrough as a pianist, concertizing in Paris and London.|
|1890–93||Engaged in London by the agent Henry Lowenfeld; operetta “The Magic Opal” (premiere 1893).|
|1893||Relocation to Paris, studies with Vincent d’Indy and Paul Dukas.|
|1895/96||Premieres in Barcelona of his operas “Henry Clifford” (1895) and “Pepita Jiménez” (1896) with Spanish colorings in the libretti and music.|
|1898–1903||He 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.|
|1905–08||Composes “Iberia,” one of his chief works for piano, in which he reworks the sounds and rhythms of Spanish folk music.|
|1909||Death in Cambô-les-Bains (Basses-Pyrénées) on May 18.|
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De layout is ruim opgezet en de toelichtende teksten door redacteur Ullrich Scheideler zijn zeer informatief. Druk en papierkwaliteit voldoen aan de hoge standaard die we van Henle gewend zijn.