Goyescas: Jose Menor
A LOOK AT GOYESCAS
Few great piano works have fascinated me quite as much as the Goyescas Suite, the masterpiece by Enrique Granados (1867-1916). This extraordinary work immerses us in a rich, complex world, full of contrasting emotions and characters, with an expressive intensity that has always captivated me. Under the title Los majos enamorados (‘The Gallants in Love’), the six pieces that form the Suite transport us, as if in a romantic dream, to the idealised Spain of Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), with its lights and shadows. A few years ago, I had the good fortune to meet members of the Granados family – wonderful people – who encouraged me to enter Granados’ creative world as a musical researcher. I started investigating his manuscripts, including Goyescas. The more I examined the Goyescas manuscripts, facsimile and Granados’ piano rolls, the more thrilling it was to rediscover this work of genius, one as important as Iberia by Albéniz. I saw those sources differed on occasion from the published editions and recordings. That sparked my curiosity, and I started exploring this unique Suite from a compositional point of view. Rather than being just a major piano work in my repertoire, Goyescas became a great personal adventure for me.
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