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Enric Granados (1867-1916), composer

Composer and pianist. Granados was born in Lleida in 1867. He was, with Albeniz, the creator of the new catalan modern piano school. His music has both Hispanic and Romantic flavours and we can note Grieg, Schumann and Liszt influences. Most of Granados's published scores consist of piano and vocal music but he has also abundant orchestra and chamber outputs. He died when the ship he took after a recital at the White House, given at the request of President Wilson, was torpedoed by a German submarine in mid-Channel; Granados was picked up by a lifeboat, but he saw his wife struggling in the sea and dived in to save her. Both were drowned.