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

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.