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Isaac Albéniz

  • Portrait of the Spanish composer and pianist Isaac Albéniz by painter Ramón Casas © EFE

    Portrait of the Spanish composer and pianist Isaac Albéniz by painter Ramón Casas © EFE

  

Speciality

Music

 

 

Date of birth

May 29, 1860

Date of death

1909
  


" Composer and pianist. Although he worked in several genres, his work abounds with piano compositions. His ideal was to create ‘national music with a universal accent’."

Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz y Pascual was born in Camprodón (Gerona) in 1860. He debuted as a soloist at the age of four at the Romea Theatre in Barcelona. His crowning work is the Iberia Suite (1896), a late, extremely technically complex work which place him in the vanguard of the 20th century. He was able to combine elements of European music with Andalusian musical language and the best Catalan folklore. A piano virtuoso, an instrument he dedicated the best of his compositional creativity to, he also wrote many lyrical works such as the opera Pepita Jiménez (1895), a favourite of the composer. His meeting with Felipe Pedrell was key to the development of his highly personal style. He died in Cambo-les-Bains (France) in May 1909.

Awards

Légion d’honneur of the French Republic

Essential works

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    Iberia

    This suite for piano is one of the highest points in composer Isaac Albéniz’s career, as well as for piano composition in the history of music.

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Other highlighted works

  • Pepita Jiménez
  • Spanish suite I
  • Spanish suite II
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