Gaetano Braga (June 9, 1829 – November 21, 1907) was an Italian composer and cellist.
He was born in Giulianova in Abruzzi and died in Milan.
Braga's works include compositions for the cello (two concertos, a quintet, a quartet, works for cello and piano) and the operas:
A "Serenata" (serenade) by Braga, sometimes called "Angel's Serenade" or "Légende valaque" (Wallachian Legend), is a dialogue (comparable to that in "Erlkönig") between a worried mother and a girl who hears an angel's voice calling her; in the end the girl follows the voice ("O mamma buona notte, io seguo il suon, io seguo il suon!"). It is mentioned in Anton Chekhov's short story "The Black Monk," as well as in other Russian works of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As composed, the narrator sings the voice of the mother and girl, while the angel's voice is portrayed through the violin or cello. In the original print, the string player was instructed to play from an adjoining room from the pianist and singer, in order to create the effect of a distant angelic voice. Braga's "Angel's Serenade" has been recorded notably by tenor John McCormack and violinist Fritz Kreisler (in English), Jan Peerce and Mischa Elman (in English), Christian Ketter and Cara Schlecker (in Italian), Richard Tauber and Dajos Bela (in German).
Birth and Death Data: Born June 9th, 1829 (Giulianova), Died Milan
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1900 - 1933
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
Recordings (Results 1-25 of 74 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]548||7-in.||12/4/1900||Angel's serenade||Rosalia Chalia||Soprano vocal solo, with flute obbligato||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1279||7-in.||2/21/1902||Angel's serenade||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1279||10-in.||2/21/1902||Angel's serenade||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1896||7-in.||1/14/1903||Angel's serenade||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1896||10-in.||1/14/1903||Angel's serenade||Alexander Heindl||Cello solo||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]1991||7-in.||2/26/1903||Angel's serenade||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]1991||10-in.||2/26/1903||Angel's serenade||Metropolitan Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-2241||12-in.||2/14/1905||The angel's serenade||Florence Hayward||Female vocal solo, with orchestra and violin obbligato||composer|
|Victor||B-2242||10-in.||2/14/1905||The angel's serenade||Florence Hayward||Female vocal solo, with flute||composer|
|Victor||B-2581||10-in.||5/29/1905||Angel's serenade||Valentine Abt||Mandolin solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-3032||10-in.||1/24/1906||Angel's serenade||Victor Orchestra||Violin and viola duet, with orchestra (takes 1 and 2); violin and flute duet, with orchestra (take 3)||composer|
|Victor||B-3780||10-in.||9/6/1906||Angel's serenade||Sousa's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-5063||10-in.||2/6/1908||Angel's serenade||Victor E. Sorlin||Cello solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||B-6520||10-in.||10/8/1908||Angel's serenade||Louis Heine ; Howard Rattay||Violin and cello duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-8121||12-in.||7/19/1909||Angel's serenade||Elizabeth Wheeler||Female vocal solo, with orchestra and violin obbligato||composer|
|Victor||B-8121||10-in.||7/26/1911||Angel's serenade||Elizabeth Wheeler||Female vocal solo, with orchestra and violin obbligato||composer|
|Victor||B-8797||10-in.||4/5/1910||Angel's serenade||Walter Anderton||Male vocal solo, with orchestra and flute obbligato||composer|
|Victor||B-10674||10-in.||7/5/1911||Angel's serenade||Charles Schuetze||Harp solo||composer|
|Victor||B-11015||10-in.||9/27/1911||Angel's serenade||Neapolitan Trio||Instrumental trio||composer|
|Victor||C-11792||12-in.||3/26/1912||The angel's serenade||Elsie Baker||Female vocal solo, with violin obbligato and orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-12995||12-in.||3/13/1913||Angel's serenade||Alma Gluck||Soprano vocal solo, with piano and violin obbligato||composer|
|Victor||C-13335||12-in.||5/19/1913||Angel's serenade||Victor Herbert's Orchestra||Orchestra||composer|
|Victor||C-14623||12-in.||3/25/1914||Angel's serenade||John McCormack||Tenor vocal solo, with violin obbligato and piano||composer|
|Victor||C-15795||12-in.||3/15/1915||Angel's serenade||Frances Alda||Soprano vocal solo, with violin and piano||composer|
|Victor||C-16334||12-in.||8/6/1915||Angel's dream||Conway's Band||Band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Braga, Gaetano," accessed September 24, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106041.
Braga, Gaetano. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved September 24, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106041.
"Braga, Gaetano." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 September 2020.
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