Baroque November

I have no formal education in music, just a keen interest. Anything I know about classical music I have gleaned myself over time.

The Baroque era was an early part of that self-lead discovery. Many works of classical music that I encountered early in my adulthood came out of the Late Baroque period.

The Baroque was both a long and significant era in western music.

It’s broken into three parts, conveniently named early (1550–99), middle (1600–49), and late (1650–99), with 50 transitional years on either end to stretch the entire era to 250 years. Modern composition styles that many would most easily identify as classical music, like the concerto, sonata, and symphony, originate in this period. Given the length and influence, I feel like the Baroque deserves it’s own blog series, separate from other classical music.

Below are some November born or baptized Baroque era composers whose works I’ve come across.

EARLY

Francesco Usper (real name Spongia or Sponga)

John Danyel (or John Daniel)

Samuel Scheidt

Tarquinio Merula

François Couperin, engraving by Jean Jacques Flipart.

MIDDLE

Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

Jean-Baptiste Lully (born Giovanni Battista Lulli)

Nicolaus Adam Strungk

Andreas Werckmeister

LATE

Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (or Zachau)

Johann (Johannes) Speth

Attilio Ariosti (or Frate Ottavio)

François Couperin

Pierre Dumage (du Mage)

Jean-Baptiste Loeillet

Jean Baptiste Senaillé

Jan Josef Ignác Brentner (surname also spelled Brenntner, Brendner, Brendtner, or Prentner)

François Colin de Blamont

Charles Theodore Pachelbel (baptized Carl Theodorus, also spelled Karl Theodor)

Andrea Zani

Jan Zach (also called Johann Zach)

 

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Women classical composers – the August edition

As is the case with all too many things historical, the talent of women composers is underrepresented in the genre of classical music. In spite of the odds being against them women wrote, and continue to write, exceptional classical music that can be enjoyed today. They deserve more exposure, so it feels like a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are two female classical composers whose works I have encountered, with links to music samples for each of them.

Portrait by Bernardo Strozzi, believed to be of Barbara Strozzi

Barbara Strozzi was an Italian Baroque composer. (died 1977)

She was lucky for her time, as her encouraged her musical ambition. She wrote for voice.

Find info on her compositions here

 

Betsy Jolas is a modern French composer. (born 1926)

 

Sally Beamish is a modern British composer of chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral music as well as works for

musical theatre, film and television.  (born 1956)

 

Rebecca Clarke was an English composer. (died 1979)

Her work did not receive the recognition then that it does today and was largely forgotten until the 1970s.

Find info on her here

 

Cécile Chaminade

Cécile Chaminade was a French composer. (died 1944)

She learned piano early in her childhood but her father disapproved of her musical education so she had to continue her studies privately. Her own compositions were very popular in her day.

Find more info on her at AllMusic and on Wikipedia.  

 

Marion Bauer was an American composer. (died 1955)

Marion Bauer

She wrote at least 160 compositions. 

 

Tera de Marez Oyens was a Dutch composer who wrote over 200 works of music. (died 1996)

 

Alma Mahler

Alma Mahler was an Austrian-American composer. Seventeen songs by her survive. (died 1964)

Classical composers – the August edition

I have broad, perhaps somewhat eclectic taste in music. This is by accident rather than design. Most of the genres outside what gets airplay on popular radio I have luckily stumbled upon while on other paths. Our culture doesn’t really expose young people en masse to much more than current popular music, and that’s a shame. I feel like it’s a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are links to 31 works of classical music by composers you’ll find on my iPod, and two links to works by composers most of us would know – all artists born in August, whose works I have enjoyed.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Claude Debussy

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor     

 

  1. Hans Rott     
  2. Arthur Bliss   
  3. Karl Amadeus Hartmann     
  4. Anthony Payne     
  5. Henri Berger      
  6. William Schuman      
  7. Friedrich August Kummer      
  8. James Scott Skinner   
  9. Oskar Merikanto   
  10. Ernesto Lecuona     
  11. Adolf Busch   
  12. Jacques Hétu    

    Salomon Jadassohn
  13. Reynaldo Hahn    
  14. Albert Ketèlbey    
  15.  Alexander Glazunov    
  16. Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber     
  17. Salomon Jadassohn
  18.  John Ireland    
  19. Leopold Hofmann     
  20. Jan Koetsier     
  21. Jacques Ibert    
  22. Francesco Canova da Milano      
  23. Ernest MacMillan     
  24. Herman Berlinski     

    George Enescu
  25. George Enescu     
  26. Moritz Moszkowski     
  27. Ernst Krenek     
  28. Constant Lambert    
  29. Stefan Wolpe    
  30. David Maslanka    
  31. Jean-Paul-Égide Martini    

Women classical composers – the July edition

As is the case with all too many things historical, the talent of women composers is underrepresented in the genre of classical music. In spite of the odds being against them women wrote, and continue to write, exceptional classical music that can be enjoyed today. They deserve more exposure, so it feels like a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are some female classical composers whose works I have encountered, with links to music samples for each of them.

 

Ruth Crawford Seeger

1) Ruth Crawford Seeger (July 3, 1901 – Nov 18, 1953) (née Ruth Porter Crawford) was a modernist composer and later composed folk music.

 

 

 

 

Pauline Viardot

2) Pauline Viardot (July 18, 1821 – May 18, 1910) (née García)  was a soprano who began composing when she was young.

 

 

 

 

3) Marianna Auenbrugger (July 19, 1759 – Aug 25, 1782) was a well regarded Viennese pianist and composer.

 

 

Sophie Menter, painted by Ilya Repin.

4) Sophie Menter (July 29, 1846 — Feb 23, 1918) was a piano virtuoso and composer.

 

 

 

5) Suzanne Giraud (born 31 July 1958) is a contemporary French composer.

 

 

Sansan Chien, photo by
Wen-Chung Chiang

6) Sansan Chien (July 1, 1967 – Oct 24, 2011) Taiwanese composer. (I used google translate for the song titles so if they’re not perfect I apologize)

 

 

7) Julia Tsenova (July 30, 1948 – April 11, 2010) was a Bulgarian pianist and composer. 

 

 

 

Classical composers – the July edition

I have broad, perhaps somewhat eclectic taste in music. This is by accident rather than design. Most of the genres outside what gets airplay on popular radio I have luckily stumbled upon while on other paths. Our culture doesn’t really expose young people en masse to much more than current popular music, and that’s a shame. I feel like it’s a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are links to 31 works of classical music by composers you’ll find on my iPod, and one link to works by a composer most of us would know – all artists born in June, whose works I have enjoyed.

Gustav Mahler

 

Gustav Mahler 

 

 

  1. László Lajtha 
  2. Hans Werner Henze 
  3. Leoš Janáček  
  4. Hans Werner Henze

    Stephan Krehl  

  5. Jan Kubelík 
  6. Émile Jaques-Dalcroze 
  7. Toivo Kuula  
  8. Percy Grainger 
  9. Ottorino Respighi  
  10. David Diamond  
  11. Leonard Pennario 
  12. Henryk Wieniawski 
  13. Anton Arensky  
  14. Anton Arensky

    Gerald Finzi  

  15. Eugène Ysaÿe  
  16. Niccolò Castiglioni 
  17. Giovanni Bononcini  
  18. Vilém Tauský  
  19. Franz Berwald 
  20. Francesco Cilea  
  21. Edward Gregson  
  22. Alfredo Casella  
  23. John Field 
  24. Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart 
  25. Serge Koussevitzky

    Jāzeps Vītols 

  26. Serge Koussevitzky  
  27. Ernő Dohnányi 
  28. Otar Taktakishvili 
  29. Kimmo Hakola 
  30. Rued Langgaard 
  31. Ignacio Cervantes 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classical composers – the June edition

I have broad, perhaps somewhat eclectic taste in music. This is by accident rather than design. Most of the genres outside what gets airplay on popular radio I have luckily stumbled upon while on other paths. Our culture doesn’t really expose young people en masse to much more than current popular music, and that’s a shame. I feel like it’s a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are links to 30 works of classical music by composers you’ll find on my iPod, and links to works by composers most of us would know – all artists born in June whose works I have enjoyed.

 

Igor Stravinsky

Robert Schumann 

Igor Stravinsky 

Richard Strauss 

 

 

 

  1. Edward Elgar
  2. Mikhail Glinka
  3. Peter Machajdík
  4. Felix Weingartner

    Ignaz Fränzl 
  5. Ignaz Fränzl
  6. Aram Khachaturian
  7. Vincent Persichetti 
  8. Leopold Auer
  9. Erwin Schulhoff 
  10. Albéric Magnard 
  11. Carl Nielsen 
  12. Ingolf Dahl 
  13. Heinrich von Herzogenberg 
  14. Tikhon Khrennikov 
  15. Antonín Vranický

    Ignaz Pleyel
  16. Georg Joseph Vogler
  17. Franz Danzi
  18. Charles Gounod
  19. Johann Stamitz
  20. Ignaz Pleyel
  21. Manuel Rosenthal
  22. Eduard Tubin
  23. Joseph Martin Kraus 
  24. Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach
  25. Pavel Haas

    Hugo Distler
  26. Carl Reinecke
  27. Hugo Distler 
  28. Joseph Joachim
  29. Leroy Anderson
  30. José Pablo Moncayo

 

 

 

 

Women classical composers – the May edition

As is the case with all too many things historical, the talent of women composers is underrepresented in the genre of classical music. In spite of the odds being against them women wrote, and continue to write, exceptional classical music that can be enjoyed today. They deserve more exposure, so it feels like a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are five female classical composers whose works I enjoy, with links to songs for each of them.

 

Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe (May 27, 1819 – October 17, 1910) was an all-round super woman, an author, poet abolitionist, social activist, and suffragist.

 

Anne Dudley (born May 7) was the first BBC Concert Orchestra‘s Composer in Association.

 

Debbie Wiseman (born May 10) composes for film and tv.

 

Maria Theresia Paradis

Judith Weir (born May 11) writes operas.

 

Maria Theresia von Paradis (May 15, 1759 – February 1, 1824) may have been Mozart’s inspiration for his Piano Concerto No. 18 in B flat major.

 

 

 

Classical composers – the May edition

I have broad, perhaps somewhat eclectic taste in music. This is by accident rather than design. Most of the genres outside what gets airplay on popular radio I have luckily stumbled upon while on other paths. Our culture doesn’t really expose young people en masse to much more than current popular music, and that’s a shame. I feel like it’s a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are links to 31 works of classical music by composers you’ll find on my iPod, and two links to works by composers most of us would know – all artists born in May, whose works I have enjoyed.

Richard Wagner

Johannes Brahms  

Richard Wagner 

Gabriel Fauré 

Erik Satie 

  1. Hugo Alfvén 
  2. Jean-Baptiste Barrière
  3. Ludwig August Lebrun
  4. Hans Christian Lumbye 
  5. Jean-Frédéric Edelmann 
  6. Carl Stamitz 
  7. Louis Moreau Gottschalk 
  8. Giovanni Paisiello 
  9. Julius Röntgen
  10. Jan van Gilse
  11. William Grant Still

    Joseph Marx

  12. William Grant Still
  13. Josip Štolcer-Slavenski
  14. Johann Baptist Wanhal 
  15. Franz Anton Hoffmeister 
  16. Giovanni Battista Viotti 
  17. Adolf von Henselt 
  18. Otto Klemperer
  19. Boris Parsadanian 
  20. Andrei Eshpai 
  21. Francesco Pasquale Ricci 
  22. Otto Klemperer

    Werner Egk 

  23. Jean Cras 
  24. Andrea Luchesi 
  25. Ignaz Moscheles 
  26. Józef Wieniawski 
  27. Jean Françaix
  28. Paul Paray 
  29. Claude Champagne 
  30. Isaac Albéniz 
  31. Alfredo Antonini

Women classical composers – the April Edition

As is the case with all too many things historical, the talent of women composers is underrepresented in the genre of classical music. In spite of the odds being against them women wrote, and continue to write, exceptional classical music that can be enjoyed today. They deserve more exposure, so it feels like a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are four female classical composers whose works I enjoy, with links to songs for each of them.

 

Elisabetta Brusa (April 3, 1954) is an Italian composer. She started writing piano pieces as a child.

 

Germaine Tailleferre (image source)

Germaine Tailleferre (April 19, 1892 – November 7, 1983) was a French composer and the only female member of the group of composers known as Les Six.

 

 

 

 

Ethel Smyth (image source)

Dame Ethel Mary Smyth (April 23, 1858 – May 8, 1944) was an English composer and suffragist. Her father was very opposed to her making a career in music.

 

 

 

 

 

Luise Adolpha Le Beau (April 25, 1850 – July 17, 1927) took piano lessons with one of my favourite female pianist and composers, Clara Schumann.

Luise Adolpha Le Beau (image source)

 

 

 

Classical composers – the April edition

I have broad, perhaps somewhat eclectic taste in music. This is by accident rather than design. Most of the genres outside what gets airplay on popular radio I have luckily stumbled upon while on other paths. Our culture doesn’t really expose young people en masse to much more than current popular music, and that’s a shame. I feel like it’s a good idea to do my bit to mitigate our cultural musical myopia.

Below are links to 31 works of classical music composed by artists born in April whose works I have enjoyed plus a link to composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, who I think most of us should recognize.

Photo of Sergei Rachmaninoff by Kubey Rembrandt – US Library of Congress

Sergei Rachmaninoff 

  1. Pieter Hellendaal 
  2. Ferruccio Busoni 
  3. Anis Fuleihan  
  4. Grigoraș Dinicu  
  5. Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco  
  6. Mario Lavista  
  7. Eugène Bozza 
  8. Louis Spohr  
  9. Robert Volkmann  
  10. Robert Casadesus 
  11. Jan Novák 
  12. Theobald Böhm (or Boehm)  
  13. Aulis Sallinen 
  14. Photo of Ferruccio Busoni by Varischi & Artico

    Eugen d’Albert  

  15. Jacques Castérède  
  16. Joseph Lanner 
  17. Leó Weiner 
  18. Jean-Baptiste Accolay 
  19. Artur Schnabel 
  20. Jacques Widerkehr   
  21. (Johann) Karl von Ordoniz 
  22. Alexandre Pierre François Boëly 
  23. Antonín Kammel  
  24. Randall Thompson 
  25. Joachim Andersen

    Alessandro Rolla 

  26. Sergei Prokofiev 
  27. Nicolas Slonimsky 
  28. Ludvig Schytte 
  29. Joachim Andersen 
  30. Harold Shapero 
  31. Peter Sculthorpe