19 December 2016
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Inside Pianist issue 93
Granados placed La mendiga (The Little Beggar-Girl) second in his Cuentos de la Juventud (Stories for the Young). The opus 1 designation is misleading: this is mature, soulful Granados, composed six years before his tragic end. Granados and his wife were sailing back to Spain after a prestigious tour of the US when a German torpedo hit their ship, and they both drowned.
I just loved learning this piece – it’s just so poignant and sad and full of gorgeous harmonies. It’s just three pages long and is for the intermediate player.