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

Vivaldi - Symphony in C Major

"Sinfonia" in the Baroque period was called a musical work, which was played as an introduction to a suite or an opera, a precursor to overture. The term ususally described a kind of introduction to an opera or ballet, which in the 18th century developed into the orchestral symphony.

 Vivaldi uses this name to describe a composition for a string orchestra in three loosely connected sections.

I. Allegro molto

The first part, Allegro molto, is based on a resounding part beginning with dramatic fiddles. Perhaps his was a deliberate play by the composer to surprise his audience at the start of the concert in order to keep quiet.

II. Larghetto

The part ends calmly, leading to a Larghetto, a tender melody played by violins.

III. Allegro

The sturdy final Allegro is reminiscent of some works by Handel, Vivaldi's contemporary composer.