#ClassicsaDay #HispanicHeritage Week 1

September 15 kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month. The Classics a Day team has also made it their theme for September. The challenge is to post video performances of Hispanic composers. The posts can be on any social media platform you choose. 

We recently completed a month of posts featuring Mexican composers. So this month, I’m sharing music by Hispanic composers further south. Here are my posts for the first week of #HispanicHeritage.

09/04/23 José Joaquim Emerico Lobo de Mesquita (1746–1805) Brazil: Mass in F minor

Emerico was a virtuoso organist and skilled improvisor. He took orders in 1776. Virtually all of his music is written for the church, including at least seven masses. 

09/05/23 Teresa Carreño (1853-1917) Venezuela: La falsa nota, Op. 39

Carreño enjoyed an international concert career as a virtuoso pianist and conductor. She was known as the “Valkyrie of the Piano.” As a soprano, she appeared in productions at the Met. Although most of her compositions are for piano, she also wrote chamber and orchestral music. 

09/06/23 Jose Maria Valle Riestra (1959-1925) Peru: En Oriente

Riestra studied in London and Paris before beginning his music career in Peru. His three operas are all based on Incan stories, and incorporate Incan melodies. 

09/07/23 Guillermo Uribe Holguin (1880-1971) Columbia

Holguin was a violinist and prolific composer. He founded the National Symphony Orchestra of Columbia. His catalog includes 13 symphonies, 10 string quartets, and 2 violin concertos. 

09/08/23 José Maurício Nunes Garcia (1767–1830) Brazil: Te Deum

Garcia was one of the most important Brazilian composers of the Classical Era. He wrote over 400 works, most for the church. Being of mixed race, the church had to formally declare him free of “any color defect” before he could take orders. They did and he did in 1792. 

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