Albéniz, Isaac

Period: Romantic

Born: Tuesday, May 29, 1860 in Camprodén, Spain

Died: Tuesday, May 18, 1909 in Cambô-les-Bains in the Pyrénées

Nation of Origin: Spain

Major Works:
He mostly composed piano music. He is known for a set of 12 piano works called Iberia (1906-09).

Other Information:
As a child he studied in Paris with Marmontel who earlier taught Bizet and Debussy. He worked in popular music in the southern United States for a short time before returning to Spain. He then studied at the Leipzig conservatory with Reinecke, studied with Brassin at the Brussells Conservatory, before settling in Barcelona in 1883. He also studied later in Paris with Paul Dukas and Vincent d'Indy. In 1893 he moved to Paris to teach piano. Then he lived in Barcelona from 1900 to 1902 and Nice in 1903 before a final move to Cambo-les-Bains in the Pyrénées where he died. He was an exceptional pianist and composer of piano works inspired by Spanish folk songs and stories.

General Bibliography:
Blume, Friedrich, with Norton, M. D. (Translator) and Norton, Herter (Translator), Classic and Romantic Music; A Comprehensive Survey, W. W. Norton & Company, November 1970, ISBN: 0393098680

Einstein, Alfred. Music in the Romantic Era, W. W. Norton & Company, December 1947, ISBN: 0393097331

Rosen, Charles, The Romantic Generation, W. W. Norton & Company, April 1995, ISBN: 0674779347

Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257

Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679

Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109


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