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

Vivaldi - Violin concerto in A Major

 - Allegro molto

- Andante

- Allegro

In the Baroque period, music shifted from the polyphonic style, which was customary in the Renaissance era (1400 - 1600), to a style of contrasts and individual melodies, supported by orchestral harmonys.

During his lifetime, Vivaldi was hailed as a reformist genius who broke the traditional, old-fashioned form of the concerto.

The Violin Concerto in Α Major is in the usual form which has three parts, but without the typical part for solo violin that exists in the Four Seasons.

The first part is a shiny and airy Allegro molto. 

The second part is a rather melancholy Andante in minor key.

The third part Allegro, is lively, robust and reminds the style of Handel.



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