Numbers have meaning. But meaning can depend on context. The Classics a Day team made “eleven” the theme for November, the eleventh month. The challenge is to post performances of classical music that involve the number.

I chose a mix. Some pieces involve eleven players. Some are the eleventh type of piece by a composer. Some are the eleventh published work. Some had the number eleven assigned to them in some way by a cataloger.

There are many ways to arrive at #ClassicalEleven – here are my choices for the second week.


11/11/19 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 11 in D major, K. 84

19th Century copies of the score attributed this 1770 work to either Leopold Mozart or Carl Dittersdorf. The current scholarship believes it is an authentic WA Mozart symphony.

11/12/19 Samuel Barber – Adagio for Strings, Op. 11

The Adagio is an arrangement of the slow movement of Barber’s string quartet. Barber also made a choral arrangement, Agnus Dei in 1967.

11/13/19 Heinrich Schutz – Es erhub sich ein Streit im Himmel, SWV Anh. 11

This work takes its text from Revelation; specifically, the War in Heaven. It features four 3-voice choirs, plus brass representing the various combatants.

11/14/19 Dag Wiren – Serenade for Strings, Op. 11

Wiren once said his first desire as a composer was to entertain and please. His Serenade does just that, and has become his most-played and recorded composition.

11/15/19 Nikolai Medtner – Sonata Triad, Op. 11, No. 1

This work is part of a trio of one-movement sonatas. Medtner’s inspiration was “Trilogy of Passion” by Goethe.