#ClassicsaDay #ClassicalA Week 1

Big A, little a, what begins with A? The Classics a Day team noticed that August did. And so the challenge for August was set. During the month post music by composers whose last names begin with the letter “A.”

There are actually quite a few. And I even found some whose first and last names began with A! Here are my posts for the first week of #ClassicalA of the #ClassicsaDay challenge.

08/01/23 Alexander Agricola: Ave maris stella

Agricola was active in the last half of the 1400s. His vocal writing — both sacred and secular — set the standard for composition throughout Europe.

08/02/23 Adolphe-Charles Adam: Overture “Si j’étais Roi”

“Si j’étais Roi” (I I Were King) was premiered in 1852 at Paris’ Théâtre Lyrique. This opera comique ran for over 10 years with over 170 performances. It’s still considered one of Adam’s best works.

08/03/23 Samuel Adler: Capriccio for piano

Adler served on the faculty of both the Eastman School of Music and Julliard. He’s composed over 400 works in virtually every genre of classical music.

08/04/23 Carl Friedrich Abel: Prelude for Viola da gamba

Abel was a virtuoso viola da gamba player — and a good composer, too. He and Johann Christian Bach started a subscription concert series in London that ran from 1762-1782. Both composers supplied music for the series.

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