Danzas españolas : Work information

Composers
Enrique Granados (y Campiña) ( Music, Images,)
Performed by
Richard Kapp (Piano), Mela Tenenbaum (Viola)

This work

Work name
Danzas españolas
Work number
Op. 37
Key
n/a
Genre
A
Composed
1890-01-01 02:01:00

This recording

Label
Essay
Producer
Adam Abeshouse
Engineer
Adam Abeshouse
Recording date
1997-04-14 00:00:00

The Composers

Enrique Granados (y Campiña)

Born in Lérida and educated in Barcelona, Enrique Granados left his native Spain to study in Paris in 1887.  He returned to Spain and gave recitals, often with musicians of the calibre of Camille Saint-Saens.  His most enduring work is probably his piano suite Goyescas, first performed in 1911.  This he later adapted as an opera, working in material from other pieces of his.  Although Catalan by birth, Granados was more attracted to the culture of Castillian Spain, and it is this which gives his work its nationalist flavour.  This was in opposition to the approach of his friend Isaac Albéniz , a fellow Catalonian who embraced the culture of his own region.

Most of Granados' output is for voice or piano, influenced largely by Grieg and Schumann, whose lyrical styles blended well with the zarzuela Granados loved so dearly.  Granados was also a keen writer and painter; he tragically lost his life in 1916 when aboard a ship torpedoed by a German submarine.

- MIDI FILE - "Andaluza" (3'38'')

Track listing

  • No. 2 Orientale 3:31 min

Notes

The 12 Danzas espanolas, composed between 1888 and 1890, were among Granados' first published works when they appeared individually during the early 1890s. With Granados' reputation as a pianist secure, the inclusion of the danzas espanolas in his recital programmes ensured that his status as a composer was also soon established: in 1892 the critic of La vanguardia praised their national character and compared the composer favourably with Grieg.

With their Spanish character and use of traditional dance themes, they have become particularly popular and are often heard in numerous instrumental and orchestral arrangements.