New PDF release: Enrique Granados: Poet of the Piano

By Walter Aaron Clark

ISBN-10: 0195140664

ISBN-13: 9780195140668

ISBN-10: 0199813000

ISBN-13: 9780199813001

Enrique Granados (1867-1916) is likely one of the so much compelling figures of the late-Romantic interval in tune. in the course of his go back voyage to Spain after the top-rated of his opera Goyescas at New York's Metropolitan Opera in 1916, a German submarine torpedoed the send on which he and his spouse have been crusing, they usually perished within the waters of the English Channel. His dying used to be mourned on each side of the Atlantic as a gorgeous loss to the tune global, for he had died on the top of his profession, and his past due works held the promise of larger issues to come.
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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