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Most of the composers on this CD are well known to classical music listeners.
Here are a few you may not know.

R. Nathaniel Dett (1862-1943) was born in Ontario and graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio. He received an honorary masters degree from the Eastman School of Music and studied with Nadia Boulanger in France (1929). Director of music at the Hampton Institute from 1913-1931, he advocated the use of Negro themes and combined them in a neo-romantic style.

Enrique Granados (1867-1916) studied piano at the Barcelona Conservatory, winning first prize in 1883. He studied composition at the Madrid Conservatory from 1884-1887, supporting himself for awhile by playing piano in restaurants and giving concerts. Granados conducted a series of concerts in Barcelona and also established a music school. He is is best known for his successful piano pieces, although he also wrote several operas as well as symphonic works and chamber and solo music. He attended a successful premiere of opera Goyescas at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 1916, and died on his return trip to Europe, victim of a German submarine.

Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) was a child prodigy and gave concerts with his sister, also a prodigy, at an early age. In 1868 the family moved to Madrid, and Albéniz entered the conservatory there. He ran away from home at the age of 13, traveling to Spain, where he gave concerts. He then stowed away on a ship for Puerto Rico and continued on to Cuba and the U.S., supporting himself by playing concerts in private and in public. He returned to Spain in 1875, where he met a benefactor who provided support so that he could study at the conservatories in Brussels and Leipzig. He settled in Paris in 1893. Albéniz wrote in both large and small genres, and some of his piano pieces have been transcribed for orchestra.



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