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

Grieg - Events in brief

Edvard Grieg with friends in Leipzig.

1843 Edvard Grieg was born in June in Bergen, Norway.
1859 Begins studying at the Leipzig Conservatory in Germany.
1862 First public appearance with the Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 1
1864 Meets Rikard Nordaak, who radically changes his life.
1867 Marries his cousin Nina Hagerup. He founds the Norwegian Music Academy.
1870 Meets Franz Liszt in Rome.
1874 Ibsen asks him to write stage music for his play "Peer Gynt".
1876 First performance of Peer Gynt.
1888 First interpretation of the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
1894 PhD in Music from Cambridge University.
1898 Organizes the Norwegian Music Festival
1907 He dies in September in Bergen after a heart attact 

  • Although he was buried with every honor from his grateful homeland, his ashes were buried in a niche on the mountain above Troldhaugen with no sign other than his name and his wife's.