Publication's Style: Soft Cover Score with Parts
Level of Difficulty: Intermediate
General Description: Spanish Classic
Catalog Number: 74376
Pantaléon Enrique Costanzo Granados y Campiña (July 27, 1867 – March 24, 1916) was a pianist and composer. His music is uniquely Spanish in style and, as such, is highly regarded as representative of Spain's musical nationalism. While well-known as a musician, Enrique Granados was also a talented painter in the style of Francisco Goya.
Unfortunately Granados's life was tragically cut short in 1916 while returning home to Spain by ship from North America. A German U-Boat in the English Channel torpedoed the Sussex, the ship he and his wife were traveling on. Although he initially survived the attack and found a lifeboat, he later drowned trying to save his wife who was struggling in the water.
Granados was a composer of orchestral works, operas, and chamber music. Cuentos de la Juventud, like much of Granados's music, has the customary Spanish style to it and like most of his music, was originally written for piano. Each of its 10 movements adapt nicely to the combination of flute and guitar, allowing for a unique exchange and coloring of the different voices. There is ample room for interpretation and expression within each movement. Most expressive markings are the same as in the original, but some have been changed to accommodate and exploit the new instrumentation. As much as was reasonable, these arrangements have been kept true to the composer's original intent.