In 2019 the Classics a Day team has been making its way through the seasons. We’ve had Classical Winter (January), Classical Spring (April), and Classical Summer (August). For October, we complete the cycle with Classical Autumn.

I tried to steer clear of the really obvious choices (like Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”). In the process, I managed to discover a few pieces and a composer that was new to me. Which, for me, is part of the fun of participating in the #ClassicsaDay feed. 

Here are my posts for the first week of #ClassicAutumn

10/1/19 Leo Sowerby – Comes Autumn Time

Sowerby originally wrote this as an organ piece in 1916. He orchestrated it a year later, and it’s become one of his most popular works both in the concert hall and organ loft.

10/2/19 Franz Joseph Haydn – The Seasons

Autumn is the third movement of Haydn’s secular oratorio. In the course of its depiction of country life, it depicts a thrilling hunt over field and glen.

10/3/19 Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky “October” from “The Seasons,” Op. 37a

Tchaikovsky wrote this set of 12 short pieces for a monthly magazine. The October movement is subtitled “Autumn Song.”

10/4/19 Fanny Mendelssohn “October” from “Das Jahr”

Fanny’s cycle of 12 short pieces was published in 1846. The first reviews — all favorable — were just going into print when she passed away in May 1847.