Traditionally, September is the back-to-school month. The Classics a Day team decided to mark the occasion. Classical School is the theme for September 2019. To participate, just post a piece of classical music that’s somehow related to education with the appropriate hashtags.

What would count? Any classical work about school, or using themes from schools; examination pieces; composer tributes to their teachers (or students); etudes or other instructional works, just to name a few.

Below are my selections for the first week of #ClassicalSchool

9/2/19 Samuel Barber: School for Scandal Overture, Op. 5

This concert overture was Barber’s first work for full orchestra. It’s based on the 1777 comedy of manners by Richard Sheridan

9/3/19 Franz Liszt – Transcendental Etudes

These 12 etudes were first written when Lizst was 15, and revised much later. He dedicated them to his own piano teacher, Carl Czerny.

9/4/19 John Playford – The English Dancing Master

This 1651 dancing manual featured tunes and detailed instructions for English country dances. It went through over 30 editions and revisions between 1651 and 1728.

 

9/5/19 William Billings – The Singing School

Billings’ various hymn collections were written for amateur choirs. He often led “singing schools,” teaching laypeople to sing in four-part harmony.

9/6/19 Muzio Clementi – Gradus ad Parnassum

The title means “Steps to Parnassus,” where the Greek muses lived. Clementi intended to lead the student to the height of piano proficiency through the sequential etudes in “Gradus.”