Pianists: In the Blood

In Barcelona one spring morning in 1928, Alicia de Larrocha's piano teacher played her a little piece by the Spanish pianist-composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916). As she remembers the occasion now, "there opened before me a new world of poetry and dreams. I had the sensation that this music formed part of myself, and now I would never be able to free myself from its influence."

Alicia was only four at the time, but her reaction was as perspicacious as it was prophetic. Granados, who turned out a substantial body of operas, songs...

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