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

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.