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 51-74 of 74 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Columbia||98605||12-in.||11/8/1928||Angel's serenade||Anna Case||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||10160||10-in.||between 1903 and 1914||La serenata||Francesco Daddi||Male vocal solo||composer|
|Columbia||40573||10-in.||between 1903 and 1906||Der Engel Lied||Adolf Sens ; Hedwig Zimmer||Female vocal solo, with violin||composer|
|OKeh||202||10-in.||ca. June 1918||Angel's serenade||Grace Kerns||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||4023||10-in.||approximately Aug. 1920||Angel's serenade||Marie Tiffany||Female vocal solo, with violin obbligato||composer|
|Brunswick||15310||10-in.||3/26/1925||Angel’s serenade||Elisabeth Rethberg||Soprano vocal solo, with piano, harp, and violin||composer|
|Brunswick||11732-11734||10-in.||10/25/1923||Angel's serenade||Marie Tiffany||Female vocal solo, with orchestra and violin obbligato||composer|
|Brunswick||15305-15306||10-in.||3/26/1925||Angel’s serenade||Elisabeth Rethberg||Soprano vocal solo, with string ensemble, harp, and violin obbligato||composer|
|Brunswick||E28507||10-in.||10/1/1928||La serenata degli angeli||Raoul Romito||Male vocal solo, with violin and piano||composer|
|Brunswick||E28809||10-in.||11/16/1928||Der Engel Lied||Lia Karina ; Erna Pielke||Female vocal duet, with orchestra||composer|
|Brunswick||E19433-E19434||10-in.||6/2/1926||Angel’s serenade||Frederic Persson ; Elisabeth Rethberg ; Max Rosen||Soprano vocal solo, with violin obbligato and piano||composer|
|Edison||425||12-in.||approximately Nov. 1910||Serenata di Braga||Maria Farneti||Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||698||Not documented||approximately July 1911||Angel's serenade||Venetian Instrumental Trio||Instrumental trio||composer|
|Edison||3063||10-in.||May-June 1914||Angel's serenade||Merle Alcock ; Clementine de Vere||Vocal duet (soprano and contralto), with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||3634||10-in.||3/9/1915||Angel's serenade||Venetian Instrumental Quartet||Instrumental quartet||composer|
|Edison||3941||10-in.||7/6/1915||Angel's serenade||Venetian Instrumental Quartet||Instrumental quartet||composer|
|Edison||4757||10-in.||6/1/1916||The angel's serenade||Walter Van Brunt||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||4892||10-in.||7/19/1916||Angel's serenade||Ida Gardner||Female vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Edison||6771||10-in.||5/7/1919||Angel's serenade||Robert Gayler ; Igor Sokoloff ; Madeleine MacGuigan Sokoloff||Violin and cello duet, with piano||composer|
|Edison||7240||10-in.||3/24/1920||Angel's serenade||Cherniavsky Trio||Instrumental trio||composer|
|Edison||7891||10-in.||4/6/1921||The angel's serenade||Vera Barstow ; Amy Ellerman ; Robert Gayler||Contralto vocal solo and violin obliggato, with piano||composer|
|Edison||8005||10-in.||5/20/1921||The angel's serenade||Robert Gayler ; Frieda Hempel ; Albert Spalding||Soprano vocal solo, with piano and organ||composer|
|Edison||18431||10-in.||4/23/1928||Angel's serenade||Rollo F. Maitland||Pipe organ solo||composer|
|Gramophone||1011ah||10-in.||12/20/1910||Leggenda valacca||Giuseppina Lufrano||Soprano vocal solo, with piano and violin||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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