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Gaetano Braga

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:

  • Alina or La spregiata (1853, Naples)
  • Estella di San Germano (1857, Vienna)
  • Il ritratto (1858, Naples)
  • Margherita la mendicante (1859, Paris)
  • Mormile (1862, Milan)
  • Ruy Blas (1868)
  • Reginella (1871, Lecco)
  • Caligola (1873, Lisbon)

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 26-50 of 74 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-17527 10-in. 4/20/1916 Santa Lucia Emilio de Gogorza Baritone vocal solo, with vocal chorus and orchestra composer  
Victor B-23736 10-in. 2/12/1920 Angel's serenade Rosario Bourdon ; Howard Rattay Violin and cello duet, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-50796 10-in. 4/4/1929 Angel's serenade Alfredo San Malo Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor BVE-59554 10-in. 3/26/1930 Serenata de los angeles Giulietta Morino Violin solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-59767 10-in. 4/28/1930 Angel's serenade Hulda Lashanska Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor CS-75594 12-in. 3/31/1933 La serenata Richard Crooks Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra and cello obbligato composer  
Victor [Vi cat 98737] 10-in. Nov. 1907 Catita Medina de Souza Female vocal solo composer  
Columbia 64 7-in. ca. 1901-Oct. 1905 Angel's serenade Columbia Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 64 10-in. ca. 1901-1904 Angel's serenade Columbia Orchestra Piccolo and cornet duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 99 7-in. ca. 1901 Angel's serenade Artists vary Clarinet solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 99 10-in. ca. 1901 Angel's serenade Artists vary Clarinet solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1395 7-in. ca. 1903-Oct. 1905 Santa Lucia Alberto De Bassini Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 1395 10-in. ca. 1903 Santa Lucia Alberto De Bassini Baritone vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 38398 10-in. 11/7/1912 Angel's serenade Marshall P. Lufsky ; Charles Schuetze ; George Stehl Instrumental trio composer  
Columbia 47370 10-in. 2/13/1917 Santa Lucia Columbia Stellar Quartette Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
Columbia 79823 10-in. 5/5/1921 Angel's serenade Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 80746 10-in. 12/26/1922 Old favorites waltz medley Columbia Dance Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Columbia 30568 12-in. 11/2/1910 Angel's serenade Margaret Keyes Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 37324 12-in. 10/7/1915 Angel's serenade Corinne Rider-Kelsey Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 49143 12-in. 2/28/1917 The angel's serenade Lucy Gates ; Frank Gittelson Soprano vocal solo, with violin obbligato and piano composer  
Columbia 49282 12-in. 12/6/1917 Angel's serenade Paulo Gruppe Cello solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 49753 12-in. 2/17/1920 Angel's serenade Sascha Jacobsen Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 49974 12-in. 6/21/1921 Angel's serenade Corinne Rider-Kelsey ; George Stehl Soprano vocal solo, with violin obbligato and orchestra composer  
Columbia 98046 12-in. 10/18/1922 Angel's serenade Francesco Longo ; Toscha Seidel Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia W142298 10-in. 6/15/1926 Angel's serenade Melody Waltz Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
(Results 26-50 of 74 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Braga, Gaetano," accessed October 22, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106041.

Braga, Gaetano. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 22, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/106041.

"Braga, Gaetano." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 22 October 2020.

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