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

Antonín Dvořák - Famous works

The first page of Symphony No. 9 "From the New World", signed by the composer. The notes on the left show the oldest works with their dates, which Dvorak merged to create his masterpiece.

For Orchestra:

  • Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 & Op. 72
  • Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22

Concertos: 

  • Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53
  • Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104

Chamber Music:

  • String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96 "American"

Symphonies:

  • No. 1 in C minor "The Bells of Zlonice"
  • No. 2 in B♭ Major
  • No. 3 in C Major, Op. 32
  • No. 4 in D minor
  • No. 5 in F Major, Op. 76
  • No. 6 in D Major, Op. 60
  • No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
  • No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
  • No. 9 in E minor "From the New World", Op. 95

Operas:

  • The Devil and Kate, Op. 112
  • Rusalka, Op. 114
  • Armida, Op. 115

Choral Music:

  • Stabat Mater, Op. 58

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