For January 2022 the Classics a Day Team decided to go back a century. The challenge this month is to post classical works associated with the year 1922. It can be a composition that was completed, published, or premiered that year. It can even be a work recorded for the first time in 1922.
01/10/22 Arnold Bax – Symphony No. 1
Most of Bax’s first symphony was recycled from a previous piano sonata. The work was completed in 1922, and dedicated to John Ireland.
01/11/22 Rebecca Clarke – The Seal Man
Clarke dedicated this art song to baritone John Goss. He premiered many of her songs in the 1920s and 1930s.
01/12/22 Gerald Finzi – By Footpath and Stile, Op. 2
Finzi composed this song cycle in 1922. The poems are by Thoams Hardy. This would be the first of over fifty Hardy poems set by Finzi.
01/13/22 Maurice Ravel – Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
Ravel’s orchestration of “Pictures” was completed in 1922. It was a commission from Serge Koussevitzky. Koussevitzky first recorded it with the Boston Symphony in 1930 for RCA.
01/14/22 Jacques Ibert – Escales
This 1922 work represents a series of postcards from three picturesque Mediterranean ports. The movements depict Palermo, Tunis, and Valencia.