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

Franz Liszt - Valses Oublièes - No. 1

Franz Liszt composed four Valses Oublièes from 1881 to 1884, when he was seventy years old. Despite his age, his thinking was still very creative.

This work, like many of his later works, shows a significant advance in harmony and style compared to his early compositions.

Although it's written like a regular waltz, this pianistic work features a more vivid gait than Strauss's Viennese waltzes and is more closely related to Chopin's waltzes.

It combines bursts of technical intelligence with a keen interest in harmony - advanced and daring for their time.

The work ends with exceptional originality, letting the music hover in the atmosphere.