The Classics a Day team is made up of Americans and Canadians. The month of July has important national holidays for both countries. And so the theme for July is the music of North America. (Mexico doesn’t have a major holiday in July, but we decided to be inclusive).
In my posts for #ClassicsaDay I alternated between the three countries. Of course, July 1 featured a Canadian composer, and July 4 an American. Here are my posts for the third week of #NAFTAclassics.
7/15/19 Edward Burlingame Hill (American) – Stevensonia Suite No. 1
Though a prolific composer, Hill is best remembered as a teacher. His students included Leonard Berstein, Walter Piston, Elliot Carter, and Roger Sessions.
7/16/19 Arturo Márquez (Mexican) – Danzón No. 2
The 1994 Danzón No. 2 is one of the most popular works by a Mexican composer in the repertoire. It was premiered in Mexico City, and is based on traditional Mexican dance forms.
7/17/19 Ruth Crawford Seeger (American) – String Quartet
She’s primarily remembered as Pete Seeger’s mother. But in the 1930s Ruth was part of the ultra modernist movement that influenced composers such as Elliott Carter.
7/18/19 Gabriela Ortiz (Mexican) – Atlas Pumas
Ortiz brings popular elements into her music, including Afro-Cuban music, African chant, and rock.
7/19/18 Linda Catlin Smith (Canadian) – Light and Water
Though American by birth, Smith moved to Canada early in her career. She’s won several awards and had many important commissions from Canadian ensembles.