The opera “Goyescas” by Enrique Granados: An investigation of stylistic influences and performance practice with concentration on Tableau III
The nature and scope of this dissertation focuses on one particular work by the composer Enrique Granados—his opera Goyescas. Because the music of the opera was derived from the piano suite of the same name, this discussion necessarily includes an examination of that piano suite. Also addressed is the unique and controversial event of composing an opera using material from a pre-existing instrumental work.
The beginning of the dissertation provides a brief sketch of Granados's life and career as well as the circumstances that motivated him to compose the opera under examination. A comparison of musical materials from both the piano suite and the opera proves the intimate connection between the two works. A discussion of the musical styles of various origins, including, Byzantine, Arabic, native Spanish and Gypsy, show how the character of the opera was influenced by this rich heritage.
The analysis of the score, especially Tableau III, furnishes the performer with guidance in the interpretation of tempo, dynamics, text and ornamentation as well as insight into the harmonic language of the work. The comparison between two recordings demonstrates the change in performance practice over a span of forty years. The final chapter equips the performer/director with ideas on how to stage Tableau III.