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

Risky-Korsakov - Famous Works

This cover of Scheherazade, 1909, expresses the Eastern influences detected in the music.

  • Operas:

- Τhe Maid of Pskov (sometimes referred to as Ivan the Terrible)
- The Snow Maiden
- Mlada
- Sadko, Op. 5
- Mozart and Salieri, Op.48
- The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son, the Famous and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich and the Beautiful Princess Swan, Op. 57
- The Golden Cockerel

  • Works for Symphony Orchestra:

- Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1
- Symphony No. 2, Op. 9, “Antar”
- Fairytale, Op. 29
- Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
- Scheherazade, Op. 35
- Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
- Sinfonietta on Russian Themes in A minor, Op. 31

  • Solo Instrumental music with orchestra or band:

- Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 30
- Concerto for trombone and military band in B-flat

  • Chamber music:

- String Quartet in F, Op. 12
- String Sextet in A
- Quintet in B-flat, for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano
- Allegro in B-flat, for string quartet

  • Choral music:

- Song of Oleg the Wise, Op. 58
- From Homer, Op. 60
- Poem about Alexei, Man of God, Op. 20

  • Songs:

- In Spring, Op. 43
- By the Sea, Op. 46


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