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.