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

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.



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