Croatian virtuosa classical guitarist Ana Vidović plays Granada by the Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz (29 May 1860 – 18 May 1909). It is the first piece of Suite Española, Op. 47, a suite for solo piano by Albéniz (written in 1886 and grouped together in 1887). Since being transcribed for guitar by the Catalan classical guitarist Miguel Llobet (18 October 1878 – 22 February 1938), it has become one of the most important works of the classical guitar repertoire and is more often heard on guitar than in their original piano version.

Recorded on March 29, 2015, at Asamsaal Ettlingen, Germany. Published by Siccas Guitars.

Ana Vidovic plays Granada by Isaac Albéniz on a classical guitar

Isaac Albéniz’s Granada

“Granada” is a renowned composition by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz and is part of his suite “Suite Española Op. 47.” This piece stands out as a musical homage to the city of Granada in Spain and is one of Albéniz’s most celebrated works. Originally composed for the piano in 1886, the piece, like the rest of the suite, was later transcribed for classical guitar, with both versions enjoying widespread popularity.

In “Granada,” Albéniz successfully captures the essence of Spanish music, characterized by flowing, lyrical melodies and distinctive rhythms reflective of the flamenco tradition. Although initially intended for the piano, the classical guitar renditions of this piece have become particularly popular, effectively conveying the Spanish flavor inherent in Albéniz’s composition. “Granada” is known for its rich harmonies and evocative melodies that vividly bring to life the landscapes and cultural atmosphere of the city of Granada. It embodies the typical Spanish style, marked by the use of modal harmonies, intricate rhythms, and passionate melodies.

Isaac Albéniz, the composer of Granada is playing piano while his daughter Laura is looking on
Isaac Albéniz (29 May 1860 – 18 May 1909) is playing piano while his daughter Laura is looking on. He is best known for his piano works based on folk music idioms.

The reception of “Granada” and the entire “Suite Española” has been overwhelmingly positive, with these compositions celebrated for their ability to evoke the distinct regional characteristics of Spanish music. They have become staples in both piano and classical guitar repertoires, beloved for their romantic and picturesque qualities. Albéniz’s work has been instrumental in popularizing Spanish music on the international stage.

When listening to the piece, listeners can expect a piece that melds lyricism with rhythm, offering a sense of both intimacy and grandeur. The music is evocative, painting aural pictures of the Spanish landscape and culture, especially that of the city of Granada, known for its rich history and beautiful architecture.

Isaac Albéniz’s “Granada” is a masterful representation of Spanish music, capturing the spirit of its region with its evocative melodies and rhythms. Whether experienced through the piano or the guitar, it remains a beloved piece in the classical music repertoire, showcasing the unique charm and richness of Spanish musical heritage.


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