#ClassicsaDay #ClassicalFam Week 4

November means Thanksgiving when families gather together. The Classics a Day team decided to make families the theme. For the month of November, the challenge is to post video performances of musical family members. Post on any social media channel you like. 

What constitutes a musical family? Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn (brother and sister) both composed. As did many in the Bach family tree. 

For my part, I decided to follow the family connections from post to post. Here are my posts for the fourth week of #ClassicalFam.

11/20/23 Wilhelm Hieronymus Pachelbel (1686-1794): Fantasia super Meine Seele, lass es gehen

Wilhelm’s father was Johann Pachelbel, whose fame has grown significantly since his death. Wilehlm’s younger brother Charles Theodore was also a composer. Only seven works by Wilhelm survive.

11/21/23 Charles Theodore Pachelbel (1690-1750): Magnificat

Charles was brother to composer Wilhelm Hieronymus, and both were sons to composer Johann Pachelbel. Charles emigrated to America in 1733. He settled in Charleston, SC where he organized concerts and started a singing school.

11/22/23 Leopold Mozart 1719-1787): Sinfonia Burlesca

Leopold was father to Wolfgang Amadeus, and grandfather to Franz Xaver Mozart, both composers (of differing abilities) In his day Leopold was renowned for his treatise on violin technique — a work still in use today.

11/23/23 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Violin Sonata No. 26 in B-flat major, K. 378

Wolfgang was the son of composer Leopold Mozart. Two of his sons survived infancy. The younger, Franz Xaver was also a composer.

11/24/23 Franz Xaver Mozart (1791-1844): Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 14

Franz was the youngest son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He studied composition with Antonio Salieri and enjoyed a modestly successful career as a pianist and composer. His older brother Karl was also a pianist but did not compose.

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