[PLAYLIST] A Playlist to Commemorate the Centenary of Enrique Granados’ Disappearance
The Spanish composer and pianist Enrique Granados was lost at sea on the 24th of March 1916 at the age of 48. What’s left of his music? We’ve chosen some of the best.
Composer Enrique Granados died in a shipwreck between Folkestone and Dieppe 100 years ago. His ship was attacked by a German submarine on the 24th of March 1916, and sank taking about fifty passengers with it.
The story goes that the musician died whilst trying to save his wife, he had found a place on a lifeboat but saw his wife in the distance in the sea and dove in to help her. Unfortunately both husband and wife were swept away.
Enrique Granados was born in Spain in the city of Lerida in 1867. Along with composers Isaac Albéniz, Manuel de Falla and Joaquin Rodrigo, he is emblematic of the revival of Spanish music in the late nineteenth century. Though deeply inspired by the rhythms, melodies and harmonies of Spanish music he did not remain in his native country. He regularly travelled to Paris where he met contemporaries such as Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Dukas, he took lessons from the Belgian composer and violinist Charles-Auguste de Bériot.
Contrary to stereotypes of Spanish music, Enrique Granados never composed for the guitar preferring the piano. His music is however frequently performed on the guitar nowadays.
Granados was a concert pianist and teacher; he founded his own music school ‘The Granados Academy’ in 1901. Among his best-known compositions are the Danzas espanolas, a series of twelve Iberian dances for piano.
To commemorate the centenary of his death here is a selection of his most beautiful compositions.