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

Georg Philipp Telemann - Trumpet concerto in D major

Georg Philipp Telemann composed a single Concerto for a solo trumpet. This is indeed surprising since the trumpet was particularly popular at the time. The instrument that dominated Telemann's days was the high trumpet in D, with characteristic piercing brilliance. He did, however, include the trumpet in other orchestral combinations. Besides, there's also a three-trumpet concerto.


Ι. Andante

The orchestral introduction is absent from the short begining Andante of this concerto. The solo trumpet sounds immediately, playing a long, flowing melody, while strings and harpsichord hastily measure the normal, almost hymnal rhythm of the accompaniment.

ΙΙ. Allegro

In the second part the strings start the Allegro. Unlike the previous melody that is direct - strong and lively rhythms replace Andante's restrained magnificence. Strings and soloists share the melody - strings comment on the trumpet melody and occasionally suggest their own new and exciting melody.

ΙΙΙ. Grave

The slow and formal Grave is intended only for strings and shortening. The high and piercing sounds of the trumpet of the previous part are replaced here by the calm melody of the violin in minor tonality.

IV. Allegro

After a unique note played by the nearby, the trumpet again leads to the concluding Allegro. The melody played by the solo instrument has an almost military connotation. Although strings have their own role in this place, undoubtedly the trumpet dominates. This is by no means more evident than the moment she takes off at the top of her musical spectrum on a high closing note.

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