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

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.



Comments