The Classics a Day team noted that the new year is comprised of two twenties — double digits. So the theme for January 2020 is to post other examples of double digits found in classical music. Prolific composers are a good place to start. But I found a few surprises among composers with very small catalogs.
1/6/20 Amy Beach (1867-1944): Bal Masque, Op. 22
This work was originally written for solo piano and published in 1894. Beach’s orchestral version was never published during her lifetime and remained in manuscript until 2017.
1/7/20 Marco Dall’Aquila (1480-1544) Ricercar, No. 33
Dall’Aquila was a Venetian lutenist. His 1505 “Tabullatura et rasone de metter ogni canto in liuto” has over 100 ricercare.
1/8/20 Alfonso X (1221–1284): Cantiga 77 “Da que deus mamou”
Alfonso X of Spain was a great patron of the arts. He commissioned the Cantigas de Santa Maria, one of the largest surviving collections of Medieval music.
1/9/20 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Siehe, ich will viel Fischer aussenden (BWV 88)
This cantata “Behold, I will send out many fishers” was written for the Fifth Sunday after Trinity, July 1726.
1/10/20 Clara Wieck Schumann (1819-1896): Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22
These romances were first published in 1855. There were dedicated to virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim, a family friend.