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 fourth week of #NAFTAclassics.
7/22/19 Blas Galindo (Mexican) – Sinfonia Breve
Galindo has been a writer, editor, government official, and educator — all in the service of Mexican art music. As a composer he wrote over 150 works, almost always incorporating Mexican folk elements.
7/23/19 Andrew Ager – Toccata et Fugue
Ager mostly self-taught himself composition. Nevertheless, his music is frequently performed internationally. He has over 50 works in his catalog, including four operas.
7/24/19 Supply Belcher (American) – The Power of Musick
Called “the Handel of Maine,” Belcher was a prolific author of hymn tunes in the Federalist Period. His fuguing tunes were second only to those of William Billings in popularity.
7/25/19 John Burge (Canadian) – Oscillations (for Art & Janet McDonald)
Burge wrote Oscillations in tribute to his Queen’s University colleague, Dr. Arthure McDonald. McDonald won the Nobel Prize for discovering neutrino oscillations.
7/26/19 Florence Price (American) – Symphony No. 3 in E minor
Price’s Third Symphony was commissioned by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). It was first premiered by the Detroit Civic Orchestra in 1940.