Saturday, July 21, 2007

Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909)

Sierra Club


I want the Arabic Granada, that which is art, which is all that seems to me beauty and emotion.


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Isaac Manuel Francisco Albeniz (May 29, 1860, Camprodon, Spain - May 19, 1909, Cambo-les-Bains, France) was a pianist and a composer, best known for his piano works that are based on Spanish folk music. Albeniz was a child prodigy who first performed at the age of four. After a short stay at the Leipzig conservatory, in 1876 went to study in Brussels. In 1880, he went to Budapest to study with Franz Liszt, only to find out that Liszt was in Weimar. In 1883 he met the teacher and composer Felipe Pedrell (1841-1921), who inspired him to write Spanish music like the Suite Espanola, Op. 47. During the 1890s Albeniz lived in London and Paris and wrote mainly theatrical works. In 1900 started to suffer from a kidney disease and returned to the writing of piano music. Between 1905 and 1909 he composed his most famous work, Iberia (1906-1909), a suite of twelve piano impressions. Albeniz died on May 19, 1909 in the French Pyrenees and lies buried on the Cementeri del Sudoest, Barcelona. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on Isaac Albeniz.]

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