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

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.

You can watch the whole concert, here: