Tschaikovsky - 1812 Overture, op. 49

Tchaikovsky's Overture 1812 expresses Russia's nationalist spirit for the Russians' magnificent victory over Napoleon. In 1880, when he was writing the charming Serenade for Strings, Tchaikovsky undertook to compose a "ceremonial introduction" for an exhibition of industrial art in Moscow. As a theme of his introduction he chose Napoleon's Russia Campaign, which ended with the great victory of the Russian Army. At first the composer intended the introduction to be for outdoor performance and felt that it should be "very loud and noisy". Since then the introduction has become his most famous and most popular concert work. The "1812 Overture" is in fact an introduction to a concerto, in other words is a stand-alone work of orchestral music and not an introduction to opera or a more extensive work. The play describes the invasion of Russia by Napoleon's troops in 1812 and their retreat and defeat in the winter of the same year. Despite

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.



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