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

Mozart - Introduction

Sign with Mozart's name

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the gods’ favorite. After all this means the one of his names “Amadeus”. Today he is undoubtedly people’s favorite. His works, structured with the precious essences of the style of classicism, occupied from the moment of their creation a special place in the mind and heart of music fans.

The perfect application of the rules, combined with unique ingenuity, which is implemented in beautiful melodies, benefited Mozart’s works with the rare ability to provoke the immediate delight of even the most unsuspecting listener.

The music that came out of his fertile and inexhaustible imagination has a date of birth, but it does not have a date of death. It’s poetic specifications, the spontaneity of the musical discourse and the immediacy of its functionality are gifts of appreciation and acceptance unscathed from time.

Mozart has not been an innovator nor has he claimed the anointing of musical visionary. But what he signed, he donated by harmony insurmountable and with perfection of form and content, gifts worthy of his genius. The musical world would certainly be less bright and less rich without its own, short in duration, but large on offer, passing through the earth.

(George B. Monemvasitis)