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

Carl Maria von Weber - Introduction

Carl Maria von Weber is, of course, entitled to a more successful and fairer characterization, than the one who wants him to be the "composer who heralded Wagner". Perhaps the work he signed is not as rich and voluminous as the composer's contemporaries, but his work is important enough to give us the right to join the great musicians of the first period of Romanticism.

He was undoubtedly the first national German composer, since he first, extracted the music of the earth that saw him born, from Italian rule.

He creatively exploited the traditional musical richness of his homeland, often integrating into the compositions of folk melodies and rhythms.

The fantastic element, which is easily and generously familiar with his music, is certainly a bold innovation. Its originality, however, is not limited to this thematic enrichment. He was also innovative in matters of musical substance. If we consider that he first applied the "light motif" and technique of an opera's musical synopsis in its introduction, then we will realize how much he has benefited Wagner, Rossini, Verdi.

His works feature brilliant orchestration that accentuates the descriptive power of music, intense emotional charge and charming combinations of melodic ideas. Its unique "error" can be considered the... coexistence with Beethoven and Schubert.