3. Symphony in G major, op. 11 no. 1 by Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
This week includes only works by composers I’ve never heard of before, and we’re starting it with Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an 18th century mixed-race, out of wedlock classical composer from the French colony of Guadalupe who was the conductor of the symphony orchestra in Paris. He was known as Le Mozart Noir and this work is a perfect explanation for his nickname. I especially like the first and third movement of this short and entertaining symphony.
2. The Homeless Wanderer by Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou
Blues piano music composed by an Ethiopian nun. That’s something I never thought I would listen to and like. Nonetheless, here it is and to my surprise, I can hall heartedly say that I like what I’m hearing, even though it’s jazzy.
1. Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 5: Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach transcribed by Ferruccio Busoni
I have to admit that the original Bach violin partita is not at all to my liking. All I hear is a scratching sound. However, the transcription by Ferruccio Busoni in an arrangement for harpsichord is delightful. The harpsichord is out there next to the lute and violoncello when it comes to my favourite instruments. Which is very surprising considering that it has a somewhat high pitched range compared to the other two. But its sound is unique, and this work is haunting so we have a divine match for this week.
Disclaimer: this is not an exhaustive list of all the works curated by Clemency Burton-Hill in the book Year of wonder: classical music for every day. To enjoy the full catalogue of pieces proposed by the author along with her comments on the composers and the music itself, feel free to pick up her awesome book here (not affiliated, nor sponsored).