“Azulejos is really delightful. Rosina has given me the original copy by Isaac and I treasure it. But I’m happy to share it with you. Would you like a copy? I’ll send you the original of what I’ve written.”
This is how the letter ends that Enrique Granados
sent to Joaquim Malats
in 1910 about Azulejos
, an exquisite piano work that the maestro Isaac Albéniz
had left unfinished and which would have constituted the beginning of a second suite, following the success of the Suite Iberia
. Granados began at bar 51 and left it with its present 154 bars in a masterly exercise in composition, where he is faithful to his own style but at the same time does not betray the original spirit Albéniz’s work.
The finished work was published in 1911 by Édition Mutuelle in Paris. The original manuscripts were separated and have been held up to the present day in the Museum of Music of Barcelona and the Biblioteca de Catalunya, respectively. However the central sheet which contains the union of the two parts got lost
and finally appeared in a collection of
autograph scores. Probably owing to its peculiarity, it was removed, framed and exhibited at the Institut del Teatre.
As a result of this discovery the Biblioteca de Catalunya prepared a special edition
, with score and facsimile of the original, to mark the hundredth anniversary of the composition of this work.
This new edition has been used to record the CD Azulejos, música de cámara
, which, as well as the performance of Azulejos by the pianist Jean-Bernard Pommier
, contains the Quintet in G minor and the Trío in C by Enrique Granados, performed by Santiago Juan and Cristian Benito, violin; Alejandro Garrido, viola; and Màrius Díaz, violoncello.
Listen to it here >