Granados was a Spanish pianist and composer of music uniquely Spanish in style. As a young man he studied piano in Barcelona and later, in 1887, he went to Paris to study. He was unable to become a student at the Paris Conservatoire, but he was able to take private lessons with a conservatoire professor, Charles-Wilfrid de Bériot, whose mother, the soprano Maria Malibran, was of Spanish ancestry. Bériot insisted on extreme refinement in tone production, which strongly influenced Granados’s own teaching of pedal technique. He also fostered Granados’s abilities in improvisation. He returned to Barcelona in 1889 where he enjoyed his first success as a composer with the opera Maria del Carmen.
In 1911, Granados premiered his suite for piano Goyescas which was inspired by the paintings of Francisco Goya, and became his most famous work. Such was the success of this work that he was encouraged to expand it. He wrote an opera based on the subject in 1914, but the outbreak of World War I forced the European premiere to be canceled. It was performed for the first time in New York City in January 1916, and was very well received. Shortly afterwards, he was invited to perform a piano recital for President Woodrow Wilson. Prior to leaving New York, Granados also made live-recorded player piano music rolls for the New-York-based Aeolian Company’s “Duo-Art” system, all of which survive today and can be heard – his very last recordings.
The delay incurred by accepting the recital invitation caused him to miss his boat back to Spain. Instead, he took a ship to England, where he boarded the passenger ferry SS Sussex for France. On the way across the English Channel, the Sussex was torpedoed by a German U-boat. In a failed attempt to save his wife Amparo, Granados jumped out of his lifeboat and drowned.
Granados wrote piano music, chamber music, songs, zarzuelas, and an orchestral tone poem based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Many of his piano compositions have been transcribed and are best known as works for the classical guitar. (source: Wikipedia)
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Originally for piano, Andaluza (No. 5) from ’12 Spanish Dances, Opus 37′ is perhaps the best known of the set. The 12 Danzas españolas evoke the richness of Spain’s regions and dances.
arranged by Michael Allen for (423.11) B flat Piccolo Trumpet, E flat Trumpet, B flat Trumpet, Flugelhorn, 2 Horns, 3 Trombones, Euphonium, Tuba