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

Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor (Allegro molto)

Johannes Brahms applied traditional and classical principles to his compositions. His music would be strict if beneath the exterior, its measured enclosure did not breathe a romantic spirit.

The Dance No. 1 in G minor - Allegro molto alternates between a rhythmic, but rather melancholy, opening theme in strings and a sequence of vivid or brighter episodes. It ends with a resounding chord.
Johannes Brahms himself orchestrated this Dance.

Arrangement for 4 hands (piano):