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Goyescas

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Category

Music, Opera

Date

1911

Original title

Goyescas

The Catalan pianist and composer Enrique Granados puts music to Francisco de Goya's special world of majos and majas.

Premiered in Barcelona in 1911, the suite for piano "Goyescas" is a splendid Spanish composition, a perfect symbiosis of Romantic "costumbrismo" (based on customs) and Modernism. It is inspired by Goya's work and the traditional atmosphere in Madrid in the late 18th century.

Its presentation in 1914 in Paris was so successful that the Opéra de Paris managers proposed this opera version. Based on its main passages, and adding some vocal compositions based on Castilian popular songs, Granados was not able to premiere it in Paris because the First World War broke out.

Granados finally saw the premiere in 1916 in the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. It got such a favourable reception that the US president, Woodrow Wilson, invited Granados to give a piano recital in the White House.

  

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