July 27, 1867
March 24, 1916, at sea (English Channel)
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He was a composer, pianist and teacher who, along with Isaac Albeniz, helped promote nationalism in Spanish music during the 19th century.
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He wrote piano music inspired by Spanish themes.
In Barcelona, Granados studied composition with Felipe Pedrell and in 1887, he went to Paris to study piano. Two years later, he returned to Barcelona where he made his debut as a pianist.
His works include "Maria del Carmen" (comic opera), "12 Danzas españolas" (Spanish dances) and "Goyescas" (piano suite inspired by Goya's paintings). His "Goyescas" was turned into an opera and had its premiere in 1916 at New York's Metropolitan Opera.
As a pianist, Granados performed with notable musicians like Pablo Casals and Jacques Thibaud. Granados and his wife were headed home on board a ship named Sussex when it was hit by a torpedo from a German submarine. He and his wife drowned in the English Channel.
Listen to samples of Enrique Granados' music from Naxos.