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

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.


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