By Walter Aaron Clark
Granados was once one of the best pianists of his time, and his eloquence on the keyboard encouraged critics to dub him the "poet of the piano." In Enrique Granados: Poet of the Piano, Walter Aaron Clark bargains the 1st important examine in English of this virtuoso pianist, composer, and track pedagogue. whereas offering certain analyses of his significant works for voice, piano, and the degree, Clark argues that Granados's paintings represented a unifying presence at the cultural panorama of Spain in the course of a interval of imperial decline, political unrest, and financial transformation. Drawing on newly came upon files, Clark explores the cultural spheres within which Granados moved, rather of Castile and Catalonia. Granados's best-known track used to be encouraged by means of the paintings of Francisco Goya, specially the Goyescas suite for solo piano that grew to become the foundation for the opera. those items evoked the colourful and dramatic global that Goya inhabited and depicted in his artwork. Granados's fascination with Goya's Madrid set him except fellow nationalists Albéniz and Falla, who drew their vital notion from Andalusia. although he was once resolutely apolitical, Granados's appeal to Castile antagonized a few Catalan nationalists, who resented Castilian domination. but Granados additionally made very important contributions to Catalan musical theater and was once a widespread determine within the modernist stream in Barcelona.
Clark additionally explores the non-public pressures that formed Granados's song. His passionate affair with a prosperous socialite created family tensions, however it was once additionally a resource of idea for Goyescas. chronic monetary problems pressured him to commit time to instructing on the rate of composition, even though for that reason Granados made substantial contributions to piano pedagogy and tune schooling in Barcelona in the course of the tune academy he based there.
While Granados's tragic and early loss of life casts a pall over his lifestyles tale, Clark eventually unearths an artist of outstanding versatility and individuality and sheds new mild on his enduring significance.
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