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

Verdi - Il Trovatore

The vague plot of this opera of Giuseppe Verdi, with libretto based on a Spanish play, did not prevent its success at all when it was first played in Rome. As in the past, there were problems with church censorship about Leonora's suicide in the end. The problem was solved in an almost comical way: Leonora does not take the poison on stage, but the words of the suicide scene remained!

Coro di Zingari

It is the story of a goung troubadour, Manrico, his gypsy family and his conflict with an enemy and erotic rival, Di Luna, who at the time of Manrico's execution turns out to be his brother. One of the famous hits of this opera is the wonderful Coro di Zingari (Anvil Chorus), an exciting and enthusiastic vocal creation.

- Squilli, echeggi la tomba guerriera

Another masterful choral is heard later in the strong and edgy song of the soldiers, Squilli, echeggi la tomba guerriera (Let the trumpet sound of war songs).

- Ah si, ben mio

On the contrary, Manrico's love song to the heroine, Leonora, Ah si, ben mio (Oh yes, darling), is almost Mozart in his austerity and noble lyricism.