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

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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