Tschaikovsky - 1812 Overture, op. 49

Tchaikovsky's Overture 1812 expresses Russia's nationalist spirit for the Russians' magnificent victory over Napoleon. In 1880, when he was writing the charming Serenade for Strings, Tchaikovsky undertook to compose a "ceremonial introduction" for an exhibition of industrial art in Moscow. As a theme of his introduction he chose Napoleon's Russia Campaign, which ended with the great victory of the Russian Army. At first the composer intended the introduction to be for outdoor performance and felt that it should be "very loud and noisy". Since then the introduction has become his most famous and most popular concert work. The "1812 Overture" is in fact an introduction to a concerto, in other words is a stand-alone work of orchestral music and not an introduction to opera or a more extensive work. The play describes the invasion of Russia by Napoleon's troops in 1812 and their retreat and defeat in the winter of the same year. Despite

Mendelssohn - Wedding March in C Major



Mendelsohn composed the introduction to Shakespear's play"A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1826, when he was just 17 years old. It was, however, in October 1843 that he added various parts of music for a performance of his work in Potsdam, near Berlin. All 11 parties have had tremendous success. Indeed, it is a sign of Mendelssohn's genius that despite 17 years of mediation, the style of the late compositions of stage music is entirely consistent with that of the introduction.

The "Wedding March" is played after the end of the IV act and celebrates the simultaneous marriage of three couples. Today, the Wedding March is the melody that accompanies almost exclusively every wedding ceremony.

It begins with a fanfare and then sinks majestically into the excellent procession that has accompanied so many marriages.

A lighter, less imposing march continues as if the fairies of Shakespeare's work themselves were crossing the temple. The ritual music is repeated twice more, inters with a kinder, lyrical section.

The last iteration is heard from afar and fades gradually until it becomes completely imperceptible in the flicker of ethereal music emitted by the woodwind.



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