Johann Straus II - Vergnügungszug (Pleasure Train), op. 281

Johann Strauss II , known for his waltzes and lively compositions, had a unique approach to his creative process. He consistently sought contemporary and relevant themes to serve as the driving force behind his new musical compositions. This approach ensured that his work remained fresh and connected with the audiences of his time.  One notable instance of this creative approach was the composition of this polka, composed in 1864. This piece of music was specifically crafted for a summer concert held in the picturesque Russian town of Pavlovsk. It's fascinating to note that Strauss drew inspiration for this composition from the world around him. In this case, he found it in the emerging technology of the time, namely, the steam locomotive. The composition itself is a testament to Strauss's ability to capture the essence and energy of the subject matter. The rhythm of this dance piece mirrors the rhythmic chugging and movements of the old-fashioned steam trains that were prevale

Franz Schubert - Introduction

In his brief passage from earth, Franz Schubert marked the beginning of a great era. The evolution of romance would certainly be different without the testimony of the Vienné composer. He first managed to essentially connect music with poetry and achieve the absolute sign identification of musical expression with speech. He thus emerges as a true poet of sounds.

But Schubert was first a man and then a poet. He felt deeply the human suffering, which is why he managed to transform it with touching sincerity into music. The subtle melancholy that is detected even in the brightest moments of his music becomes a guide to diving into the sanctuaries of the human soul and a catalyst in the effort to explore human emotion.

All his works are dominated by the gentle agony of the futile search for personal happiness. The form of the trekker exists everywhere, dominant and distant; even in the compositions of pure music, where each phrase is equivalent to a wonderful song without words, proving the superiority of the creator in melodic inventions. The steps of the trekker can be heard to fade as he walks away, oversteps not only the happiness and joys of life, but also life itself.

(George Monemvasitis)