Music in the Making

Music In The Making: July Jubilee

On this week’s episode, we party hard with Classical composers born during the month of July!


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It’s time for July’s Birthday Bash, celebrating some of the important composers born throughout this month. We’ll hear works by Dohnanyi, Janacek, and Bloch.

Ernest Bloch
Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch: Selections from Concertino for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
Sydney Carlson (flute), Randall Griffin (clarinet), and Timothy Hester (piano)
Moores Opera House

After moving to America in 1916, Ernest Bloch established himself not only as a composer, but also as an important educator, holding positions at Mannes School of Music, the newly established Cleveland Institute of Music, San Francisco Conservatory, and University of California, Berkley. His “Concertino for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano,” perhaps emerged from this pedagogical background; it was commissioned by the Juilliard School for their students.

Leos Janáček
Leos Janáček

Leos Janacek: Mladi (“Youth”) for Wind Sextet
Anne Leek (oboe) with Greenbriar Consortium
Moores Opera House

Janacek composed his woodwind sextet in 1924, at the age of 70. It was a period of celebration for the composer; his works were receiving adulation across the world, he received an honorary doctorate, of which he was quite proud, and a statue honoring him was erected in his homeland. Perhaps in a retrospective mood because of this, Janacek titled the sextet, “Youth,” and included a quotation of “March of the Blue-Boys,” a musical memory of his time spent as a chorister in a monastery.

Ernst von Dohnányi
Ernst von Dohnányi

Ernst von Dohnanyi: Sonata for Cello and Piano in B-flat major, op. 8
Brinton Averil Smith (cello), Evelyn Chen (piano)
Duncan Recital Hall

Written when Dohnanyi was only 22, the Sonata for Cello and Piano is reminiscent of Brahms, who had, in fact, championed Dohnanyi’s Piano Quintet only four years prior. A gifted pianist, Dohnanyi would go on to have an impressive career as performer, composer, and teacher, helping to shape the Hungarian music world for years. He would be involved in many of the country’s musical institutions, including the Budapest Academy, where he was director until 1941, when he resigned rather than submit to anti-Semitic legislation.

This episode originally aired Sunday, July 30th, 2017. Catch Music in the Making every Sunday at 7:06 PM on Classical.