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 - Events in brief

1786 Carl Maria von Weber was born on 18 November in Eutin, near Liebeck, North Germany.
1787-96 First musical lessons from his brother. His father forms the Weber Troupe. They start touring.
1796 He apprentices to Johann Peter Heuschkel. His mother gets sick in the town of  Hildburghausen.
1797 Settles in Salzburg and becomes a student of Michael Haydn.
1798 He publishes his first compositions, the Six Fughettas. His mother dies of tuberculosis.
1804 He becomes Music Director of the Breslau Theatre.
1806-07 He becomes private secretary, first of all, of The Duke Eugene of Karlsruhe and then, of Duke Frederick of Stuttgart.
1810 He is deported from Wurttemberg because of his father.
1810-13 Wanders in Germany. He is composing two clarinet concertos.
1813 Becomes Director of the Prague Opera.
1816 Takes over the Dresden Opera.
1817 Marries Caroline Brandt.
1821 Triumphant premiere of Singer in Berlin.
1823 He visits Vienna and meets Beethoven. His tuberculosis worsens.
1826 Big success in in London for the premiere of Oberon in April. He dies in London on June 5.
  • One day in 1806, after working in his office, Weber drank a glass he thought had wine and collapsed. The glass contained citric acid. When you recovered several weeks later, his singing skills were gone.