Composers A to Z

Composers Map

Composers by Musical Period

Composers by Timeline

Sponsored by Naxos of America
Sponsored by Naxos of America, Inc.

The biography of Isaac Albéniz

May 29, 1860 - May 18, 1909
Late Romantic Period

Isaac Albéniz was one of Spain’s great national composers. He was a child prodigy who gave his first public piano performance at the age of 4. As a youngster, he studied at the Madrid Conservatory and in 1879 won the Brussels Conservatory’s first prize. Franz Liszt was also one of his teachers.

Albéniz traveled widely, living at various times in London and Paris where he taught, composed and performed. He is most famous for his piano music, including, Iberia, an impressionistic 12-section suite that describes Spanish places and dances. Because Albéniz wanted to create authentic serious music for his native country, Iberia includes traditional folk melodies and rhythms. It was completed shortly before his death in 1909 and remains a favorite with audiences today.

See other composers from the Late Romantic period

This Week's Show | Past Shows | Hear the Music | Games | Instruments of the Orchestra
Musical Dictionary | Schedule & Stations | Events | Links | Talk to Us | Help
Teachers | Parents | About Classics for Kids | Privacy Policy | WGUC | Home
©2015, Cincinnati Public Radio, Inc.