29 Jul 2010

Composer of the Week: Enrique Granados

This week was the birthday of Spanish pianist and composer, Enrique Granados. He wrote in a very nationalistic Spanish style, with great rhythms, lyric melodies, and the influence of zarzuelas. His most famous work is a suite for piano, Goyescas, which was based on paintings of Goya.
Granados died at the relatively young age of 48 during World War I, when the ship he was traveling on was torpedoed. He jumped out of his lifeboat to try and save his wife, but they both drowned.