Woodrow Wilson’s impact on the history of Spanish classical music…

The renowned Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916) was in New York for the premiere of his opera “Goyescas” on January 28, 1916. A few days afterwards, he was invited to put on a piano recital for Woodrow Wilson at the White House. To accept the invitation, Granados had to postpone his return trip on a steamer to Spain. After performing in Washington, he took a steam ship to England, and then boarded the ferry Sussex to cross the Channel. As fate would have it, the Sussex was torpedoed by German U-boats; Granados and his wife drowned, leaving behind six children.