#ClassicsaDay #ClassicalA Week 5
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 fifth and final week of #ClassicalA of the #ClassicsaDay challenge.
08/28/23 Pierre Attaingnant (c.1494–late 1551 or 1552): Basse-dance “La Brosse”
Atttaingnant was a successful music publisher as well as a composer. In the late 1500s, he was one of the first to adopt single-impression printing. This enabled him to publish faster and cheaper. Over 110 of his publications have survived.
08/29/23 Johann Friedrich Agricola (1720–1774): Die Auferstehung des Erlösers (Cantata)
Agricola’s reputation rests on his operas. He studied with Johann Sebastian Bach in 1740. In 1754 he co-authored Bach’s official obituary with his son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.
08/29/23 Adolphe Adam (1803–1856): Overture to “Si j’etais Roi”
“Si j’etais Roi” (If I Were King) is considered one of Adam’s best opéra comiquesd. It received over 170 performances in a ten-year run from 1852-1862.
08/30/23 Thomas Arne: The Morning cantata
Arne was one of the biggest names in British theater in the mid-1700s. Most of his works were for operas, masques, incidental music, and other theater projects. This is one of six cantatas published in a 1755 collection by Arne for salon use.
08/31/23 Jacques Acradelt: Chansons
Arcadelt is best known for his madrigals. In the mid-1500s they became the standard model for madrigal composition. But his 125 chansons run a pretty close second in quality and popularity.