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

Cremona's violins

 

Cremona is particularly proud of her glorious past and welcomes her music-friendly guests.


Violins were the exciting new instruments of Vivaldi's days. They had a much brighter sound and could be played with much greater agility and speed than the earlier violas of the Renaissance era.

The best violins were made in the small town of Cremona in northern Italy, near Milan. In this city, violin makers such as Nicola Amati, Bartolomeo Giuseppe Guarneri and Antonio Stradivari lived and worked in the same neighborhood.

One of the special features of their art, which remained a mystery, was the varnish with which they polished the finished instrument. To this is attributed their wonderful sound.

Today, a good violin or viola Guarnerius or Stradivarius cost a fortune. Some of these instruments are kept in museums. Others, fortunately, still sound in the hands of virtuosos.


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