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

Hector Berlioz - Famous works

The themes of love and desire that characterize Berlioz's music also appear in Thomas Gainsborough's painting.



  • Symphonie fantastique, op. 14
  • Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale

Choral and vocal works:

  • La Révolution Greque: scéne héroique
  • La mort d’ Orphée
  • Hurts scènes de Faust, op. 1
  • Sardanapale
  • Grande Messe des Morts
  • Le cinq Mai, chant sur la mort de l’ empereur Napoléon, op. 6
  • La damnation de Faust



                 - Waverley, Op. 1
                 - Le Roi Lear, Op. 4
                 - Le carnaval Romain, Op. 9
                 - Le corsaire, Op. 21

Choral and Vocal works:

  • La depit de la Bergère
  • La mort de Cleopatre
  • Herminie
  • Aubade
  • Le Roi de Thulè