Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Danza Espanola No 5, by Enrique Granados

From Wikipedia:

Enrique Granados i Campiña (27 July 1867 – 24 March 1916) was a Spanish pianist and composer of classical music. His music is in a uniquely Spanish style and, as such, representative of musical nationalism. Enrique Granados was also a talented painter in the style of Francisco Goya.

From Youtube:

"Danza Española No. 5 is Granados' most celebrated piece and in my opinion deservedly so. Apart from the beautiful and evocative melodic invention, the subtle shifts between minor and major tonalities create a simple yet most dramatic tension. Many of the harmonic modulations are pure Andalusian in character, yet the piece conveys through its value of proportion and elegence the spirit of the eighteenth century - a period in the history of painting and music that Granados admired very much." (J. Bream 1982)

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