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.
Here are my posts for the fourth week of #ClassicalDoubleDigits.
1/20/20 Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881-1950): String Quartet No. 7 in F major Op. 55
Myaskovsky wrote 13 string quartets. This one was completed in 1941, and blends folk music into its melodies.
1/21/20 Heinrich Schutz (1585-1672): Cantiones sacrae, Op. 4: Pro hoc magno mysterio pietatis (II), SWV 77
Schutz published this collection of sacred songs in 16125. The texts are primarily from an early Protestant prayer book.
1/22/20 Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899): Slaven-Ball Quadrille, op. 88
The quadrille was first published in 1851. The orchestrated version by Christan Pollack is it’s the best-known iteration.
1/23/20 Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto in F major RV 99
The RV (Ryom-Verzeichnis) number was assigned by Peter Ryom. His catalog of Vivaldi’s works first appeared in 1973.
1/24/20 Giovanni Battista Viotti (1755-1824): Violin Concerto No. 22 in A minor
Viotti is considered one of the founders of modern violin technique. He wrote 29 violin concerts, this one completed in 1797.