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

Beethoven - Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Quasi una fantasia, Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight Sonata)

Painting with images of the reflection of the moonlight in calm waters
The epic melodies and rhythms of the "Moonlight" Sonata bring to the imagination vivid images of the reflection of the moonlight in calm waters, as well as clouds that portend the storm and threaten the peaceful scenery.


Beethoven's genius as a composer radiates through the familiar themes of this famous sonata. He conveys to a single instrument the full emotional power of his symphonies.

Beethoven composed this sonata in 1801, before losing his hearing. He is said to have dedicated it to his first love, Countess Julieta Guicardi, and the evolution of the feelings this sonata depicts, from serenity to agitation and tension, may reflect this relationship, which ended when she married someone else.

Beethoven himself did not name the sonata "Moonlight" - this description later came from a German poet in which, the first part of the work recalled scenes of moonlight in the calm waters of Lake Lucerne in Switzerland. From here comes, after all, the universally accepted comparison of music with the wrinkled surface of water that is suddenly disturbed by a rushing storm.

Of course, this corresponds to the kind of image Beethoven could have painted with his music.

I. Adagio sostenuto

The first part begins with the familiar theme of a seamless "triplet" flow, with a normal rhythmic substrate of the bass or left hand. The result is that of the wrinkled surface of the water with a feeling of ebb and tide that endures. The familiar melody penetrates the whole place and introduces a feeling of almost ecstatic serenity.

II. Allegretto

The second part solves the spell with its lightest and fastest pace. The mood remains quiet, but the tone is more measured and bold. Almost at the end of the part, the music gets stronger and becomes more threatening as if it forees a sudden end to the serene atmosphere. Then he calms down again progressively, as if he expects the unattainable.


III. Presto agitato

There's a lightning-fast change of pace in the final part where the threat breaks the surface and musically releases hell. The fury that soars mercilessly at the keys symbolizes the storm's violence over the undisturbed water until recently.

The pace only reassures for a moment, then builds up tension for the final outburst before the abrupt conclusion. The result is that of releasing a terrible energy followed by the release.




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