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

Mendelssohn - Introduction

Raised by parents who knew and could appreciate the good and the beautiful and possessed the pretense to properly cultivate them, Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy lived a comfortable and balanced life, which allowed him to serve variously and with dedication the art of music.

The uninterrupted life that ensured him family well-being, as well as the broad education he acquired, helped him to ideally develop his artistic gifts, so that he became one of the most popular composers of his time.

As well as being a great composer, he was an excellent pianist, a good violonist, a wonderful organ player and an inspirational conductor.

There were many happy times for the German musician who saw his music conquer foreign places, while he remained persistently faithful to the musical tradition of his land. Nevertheless, he accepted well-intentioned the beneficial effects of the natural environment which he observed and measured with combinations of his feelings in his numerous journeys and the impact of these images is distinct in his music.

He possessed great insight, envious perception, innate kindness and unparalleled observation. But above all love and faith for mankind and music. Humanity is grateful not only for the personal work he was doing, but because he first recovered from oblivion and restored with respect and modesty the precious musical testimonies of Johann Sebastian Bach.