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Intermezzo from "Goyescas"

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Enrique Granados

Enrique Granados (arr. Pierre Dupont; rev. Tom Clark)


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Subtitle: From the Opera Goyescas


General Info

Year: 1915 / 1932
Duration: c. 5:40
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print?


Instrumentation

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Errata

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Program Notes

Interestingly, the now-famous Intermezzo was not part of Granados' original score for Goyescas. Upon hearing the opera in its original form, the directors of the Metropolitan Opera felt that the score could benefit from an orchestral interlude and convinced Granados to composer one.

The hauntingly beautiful Intermezzo is unquestionably his best composition and has become famous in various transcription, including one for cello and piano for Gaspar Cassadó. Although his music is Spanish in its color and technique, Granados acknowledged that he was influenced by Grieg, Schumann, and List, and the lush textures of his music demonstrate this.

- Program Note by Frank Byrne for liner notes for Marine Band CD Director's Choice


Goyescas is an opera in one act and three tableaux, written in 1915 by the Spanish composer Enrique Granados. Granados composed the opera to a Spanish libretto by Fernando Periquet y Zuaznabar with melodies taken from his 1911 piano suite, which was also called Goyescas. The opera was first performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 28, 1916.

The story of Goyescas is based on a series of six paintings from Francisco Goya’s early career, inspired by the stereotypical young men and women of the majismo movement. These majos and majas are known for their bohemian attitude and soft spot for finery.

The Intermezzo from the opera became a popular independent concert piece. It is performed in arrangements for orchestra, and for cello and piano.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Media

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Performances

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Works for Winds by This Composer


Resources

  • Goyescas (opera). Wikipedia. Accessed 26 October 2022
  • Granados, E.; Dupont, P.; Clark, T. (1932). Intermezzo [score]. G. Schirmer: [New York, N.Y.].