Carl Maria von Weber - Euryanthe: Overture

Carl Maria von Weber composed the opera Euryanthe  during the period 1822-23 and first presented it in Vienna on October 25, 1823. The work was based on a French medieval history of 13th century.  The year Euryanthe was presented was marked by Vienna's interest in Italian operas, particularly those of Rossini . Although the initail reception was enthusiastic, the opera lasted only twenty performances, with complaints about the libretto and the length of the opera. For the failure of the play, the somewhat wordy libretto of the poet and writer Helmina von Chézy was blamed. Franz Schubert also commented that "This is not music". Nevertheless, the introduction is an excellent example of orchestral writing and remains one of the best. The Overture begins with an extremely lively and cheerful phrase. Oboe and clarinet, supported by horn and trombones, then present a theme of three emphatic notes, followed by a shorter ascending group of notes (with a stressed rhythm). Soon t

Verdi - Introduction

The man and the artist coexist in a unique way in Verdi. The approach of his personality reveals an innate sensitivity identical to the musical mood of romance. His music reveals an evolving anthropocentrism, which is not only dependent on the characters of his lyrical dramas.

Dedicated to opera, he opposes logical sentiment, dialectic simplicity, philosophical worldview, life itself. Verdi was not a pioneer, he was not an innovator.

"Let's go back to the old days. This will be progress" he believed, knowing well that such a dogmatic view would create a multitude of wars, not only for the present, but also for the future of his music. But the proponents of his music, including Igor Stravinsky and the facts, vindicated him.

Serving the art of music with ingenuity envious and ingenuity modest and aristocratic at the same time, Giuseppe Verdi inconclusively enriched the repertoire of lyrical theatre. In the twenty seven romantic musical dramas he composed, the myth and music are so inextricably linked that one increases the emotional power and the effectiveness of the other.

His music is genuine and sincere, structured with earthy rhythms and melodies and celestial soundscapes, having the ability of direct seductiveness. Of course, the opera and with it those who love it, should be grateful to him.