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 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|
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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