come to be considered one of the most important and influential figures in the
history of Spanish music. He was a child prodigy, performing his first concert
at the age of four, and publishing his first composition at eight. He travelled
around the world performing concerts, visiting South America, the US and Europe.
In 1880 Albéniz travelled to Prague, Vienna and Budapest,
where he met Liszt. This new contact was
a crucial point which consolidated his vocation. After a lengthy stay in Granada his music had become infused with new
character, an oriental flavour and Andalusian colour and rhythm which would influence
not only other Spanish composers but also French musicians such as Debussy and
Ravel. His music was successful throughout Europe
during his lifetime and he was well respected by his composer peers. He was
awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour by the French Government,
recommended by Debussy, Fauré, Chausson, D’Indy, Dukas and Lalo.