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

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.



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