Editor's Score of the Month: La Mendiga (The Little Beggar-Girl) by Enrique Granados

19 December 2016
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In a new regular column, editor Erica Worth chooses a favourite score from the current issue ...

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.

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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.

You can watch our talented house pianist Chenyin Li perform it too – another incentive to go out and get your hands on the current issue and start learning this piece!