Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
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In Remembrance of Great Composers
5. Enrique Granados (1867-1916)
The Spanish pianist and composer Granados was invited to give a recital at the White House by President Woodrow Wilson, but on their return, he and his wife missed their boat to Spain. Instead, they took a boat to England where they boarded a ferry to take them to France. On 24 March 1916, while crossing the Channel, the ferry was hit by a German torpedo. Granados drowned after he jumped out of his lifeboat to save his wife who also drowned. Ironically, the area of the boat where his cabin was located did not sink and the passengers in that part of the boat survived.