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Enrique Granados (Spain, 1867-1916)

"La Maja de Goya" is a "Tonadilla" written for Voice and Piano.

Enrique Granados was born in Lleida, Catalonia the 27th of July of 1867.

He studied piano in Barcelona with Joan Baptista Pujol.

Pujol had studied with the Mallorcan pianist and student of Franz Liszt Pere Tintorer.

At the age of fifteen, Granados gave his first concert in public.

With Felipe Pedrell he studied harmony and composition and through Pedrell he discovered popular music. This inspired Granados to compose 'Doce danzas españolas', written in 1883.

In 1887, at the age of twenty, Granados moved to Paris to study with Charles de Bériot, a professor at the Conservatory of Paris.

In 1892 he held his first great recital in the Teatre Líric of Barcelona and in 1892 he performed the 'Concert for piano and orchestra in A minor' by Edvard Grieg for the first time in Spain.

His work 'Allegro de Concierto' won first prize in the composition competition of the Conservatory in Madrid in 1904. In 1912 the Sala Granados was opened in Barcelona where many of his works were presented.

In 1911 he performed his 'Goyescas' or 'Los Majos Enamorados', for the first time. This piano suite is based on the paintings of Goya.

Granados made an opera version, which was performed for the first time in the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, in 1916.

On the way back from his journey to the United States, having attended the opening night of 'Goyescas', Enrique Granados and his wife drowned when a German submarine in the English Channel torpedoed the ship ‘Sussex’.

The Tonadilla is a short, Spanish, popular comic opera. The origins of the tonadilla were short scenic interludes performed between the acts of a play or serious opera, but it later became an independent piece. It flourished from about the middle of the 18th to the early 19th centuries.

The Tonadillas written by Granados are short pieces for Voice and Piano inspired on the style and spirit of the Tonadilla as a short opera.

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