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Mundoclasico 05/05/2016

Correspondencia epistolar de Enrique Granados

Yesterday, May 4, 2016, the book of Correspondence by Enrique Granados was presented at the Museum of Music of Barcelona, ​​an event in which Jaume Ayats, Director of the Museu de la Música de Barcelona; Eugenia Serra, Director of the National Library of Catalonia, Yolanda Guasch, manager of the Boileau Music Publishing House, Albert Torrens, journalist and presenter of the event, and Miriam Perandones, "editor and director" of this book published by Editorial Boileau.

In the Introduction and Preliminary Study of Correspondence by Enrique Granados, Perandones states that "in 1991, Carol A. Hess addressed the first academic biographical study [sic / straight Enrique Granados: A Bio-Bibliography] of the composer based partially on the only sources. He was able to consult the few publications that had included letters for his works, but which did not carry out a deep epistolary study, and the IPAM file (International Piano Archives at Maryland) in the background of Ernest Schelling, Walter A. Clark, author of the biography of the composer who is now a reference was based on these same sources for his story, so the collection and cataloging of his correspondence, with the inclusion of the letters preserved by Antoni Carreras i Granados, opens a new path in the study in the location and compilation of his correspondence is one more step towards the revaluation of this musician, who, due to the historiographical, has been relegated to the background as a Spanish nationalist composer. "

From this perspective, Miriam Perandones carried out the compilation, chronological ordering and critical edition of 506 letters written by Enrique Granados or addressed to him by his family environment and figures of great importance for the musical history of Spain. A book with the redundant title Correspondencia epistolar de Enrique Granados that yesterday, May 4, was presented in Barcelona. Some of the 83 senders or recipients are Felipe Pedrell, Gabriel Rodríguez, Salvador Andreu, Isaac Albéniz, Pau Casals, Harold Bauer, René de Castéra, Edvard Grieg, Rafael Mitjana, Nemesio Otaño, Ernest Schelling, Amadeo Vives or Ricardo Viñes. A large percentage of the letters are addressed to his wife and his political family, which has allowed him to make a family tree, included in the book, which explains his most intimate personal relationships.

According to the press release of Boileau, this epistolary correspondence reveals new information about the composer's personal and professional life, and offers information about the historical stage and the cultural environment in which he lived. A part of these results is offered in the extensive "Introduction and Preliminary Study" conducted by musicologist Miriam Perandones, author of this edition. In order to carry out this work, he has consulted numerous archives in Spain, the rest of Europe and America, described in the section dedicated to his elaboration process ("Behind the track of Granados"). Some of the funds consulted are those of the Museu de la Música of Barcelona, ​​the National Library of Catalonia, the Juan March Foundation, the Bergen Public Library (Norway) or the International Piano Archives in Maryland (USA).

This correspondence has a general bibliography, an onomastic index and an appendix dedicated to the biographical profiles of the correspondents that do not belong to his family, in which important errors have slipped, among which the professor of Granados, Charles de Beriot, son of the legendary violinist and composer Charles Auguste de Bériot (1802-1870), of whom Perandones affirms that he was "pianist".

Miriam Perandones is a Senior Piano Professor, with a degree in History and Music Sciences and a PhD from the University of Oviedo. Her research specialization starts with the study and musical analysis of Enrique Granados' song, and is the author of numerous articles about this composer in magazines and reference publications. At present he continues several lines of research on Spanish music and musical theater during the Bourbon Restoration (1874-1931), as well as the analysis of this repertoire. She is a professor hired as a doctor at the University of Oviedo.

Miriam Perandones, Correspondence by Enrique Granados, Barcelona: Ed. Boileau, 2016, ISBN: 978-84-15381-61-7

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