For the month of June, Classics a Day celebrates Pride Month. And the challenge is to post works from classical composers who self-identified as other than heteronormative.
There are a lot of composers to choose from — and not just in the modern era. This was a challenge that deepened my knowledge of classical music. And deepened my appreciation of the additional struggles faced by LGBTQ+ composers both past and present. Here are my posts from the fifth and final week of #PrideMonth.
06/27/22 Lou Harrison – Fugue for Percussion
Harrison wrote this work in 1941. At the time, he was studying composition with Henry Cowell and Arnold Schoenberg. His first visit to Asia was still twenty years in the future.
06/28/22 Camille Saint-Saëns – Allegro appasoinato, Op. 70
Why are opus numbers important? In this case, because Saint-Saëns wrote two Allegro appasoinatos. Op. 43 is for cello, Op. 70 is for piano, both quite different. (and both also have solo and orchestral versions).
06/29/22 Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C major, Op. 48
Tchaikovsky wrote this work in 1880. It was given its public premiere in October 1881. According to the composer, “The larger number of players in the string orchestra, the more this shall be in accordance with the author’s wishes.”