Romanza by Enrique Granados for Cello and Guitar
Composer Enrique Granados, along with Isaac Albéniz, brought modern Spanish music into the home of the avid music lover. Most of Granados' works are for piano solo, and through them he created a unique style of writing for the [then] modern school of Spanish keyboard music. Many of his works have been successfully arranged for guitar and are among the all time audience favorites in the instrument's literature.
The origin of this beautiful Romanza is unclear and the manuscript does not list a date of creation. However it is probably circa 1909. The piece has many attributes that reflect Granados’ love of the music of Robert Schumann.
This largely unknown work (originally for violin and piano) is shown in a new and intimate light through the adaptation for cello and guitar by Gregg Nestor, and should prove to be an exciting and welcome addition to duo repertoire and chamber ensemble for this combination.
We are grateful to Cecilia Palma and Edwin Guevara of Dúo Villa-Lobos who contributed to refinements of this edition.