The Classics a Day team noted that the new year is comprised of two twenties — double digits. So the theme for January 2020 is to post other examples of double digits found in classical music. Prolific composers are a good place to start. But I found a few surprises among composers with very small catalogs.
Here are my posts for the first week of #ClassicalDoubleDigits.
1/1/20 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Piano Sonata No. 11 in B-flat major, Op. 22
We open #ClassicalDoubleDigits with two sets. Sonata No. 11 was completed in 1800. Beethoven considered the work (published as Op. 22) one of his best early period sonatas.
1/2/20 Alexander Tcherepnin (1899-1977): Eight pieces for piano Op. 88
According to the publisher, “tonality and dissonance bolster each other to create a dynamic and dramatic whole” in these 1957 preludes.
1/3/20 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Cello Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, BWV 1010
The Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (Bach Works Catalog) was first published in 1950. The numbering isn’t strictly chronological. Nos. 1001-1040 are chamber works.