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

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