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Granados through the Rolls: The Presence of Enrique Granados in the Spanish Pianola Market

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This article examines the presence of Enrique Granados’s music in the Spanish pianola market, both for metronomic and reproducing rolls. The analyzed material comes from several digitization and cataloging projects carried out by the Musicology Department Research Group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. These projects include the study of the main Spanish collections, such as the National Library of Spain (2016), the Music Museum of Barcelona (2014), the National Library of Catalunya (2012) and several private collections, which started in 2017 and are still in progress at the moment. The quantitative analysis on the volume of works by Granados published by the main companies in the sector, allows us to learn about the presence of the Catalan composer in a music market, now practically forgotten, that had a massive impact during the beginning of the twentieth century. On the other hand, by comparing these data from the catalogs with the results of our research on institutional and private collections, we can venture some aspects about the relationship between supply and demand in this particular context. What we present is, therefore, a first approach to the Iberian market of the pianola focusing on the figure of one of its central composers.

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