Isaac Albéniz: Portrait of a Romantic

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 321 pages
Walter Aaron Clark's detailed and accurate account (the first in English) of one of the most intriguing figures of the Romantic period is now available in paperback. Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909), a renowned concert pianist, created a national style of Spanish piano music and also fostered thegrowth in Spain of the concerto, orchestral music, and opera. His career was to become the stuff of legend: a touring child prodigy who supposedly stowed away on a steamer to the New World, he later studied with Liszt, and eventually became ensnared in a 'Faustian pact' with the wealthy Englishlibrettist Frances Burdett Money-Coutts. Based on a wealth of new and previously overlooked documentary evidence, this biography debunks the mythology surrounding Albeniz's career--much of it spun by the composer himself--and reveals a complex individual who was able to capture the mystery of Spainin his music yet who in reality felt estranged from his homeland.
 

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Contents

The Phenomenon 18601875
16
With Distinction 18761888
34
Veni Vidi Vici 18891893
73
Prophet without Honour 18941895
109
A Man of Some Importance 18961897
136
The Imperfect Wagnerite 18981904
178
Iberia 19051909
220
The Legacy of Albeniz
268
Genealogical Tree of Isaac Albeniz
292
Index of Works
312
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Walter Clark is an Assistant Professor of Musicology, Department of Music and Dance, University of Kansas.

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