Johann Straus II - Vergnügungszug (Pleasure Train), op. 281

Johann Strauss II , known for his waltzes and lively compositions, had a unique approach to his creative process. He consistently sought contemporary and relevant themes to serve as the driving force behind his new musical compositions. This approach ensured that his work remained fresh and connected with the audiences of his time.  One notable instance of this creative approach was the composition of this polka, composed in 1864. This piece of music was specifically crafted for a summer concert held in the picturesque Russian town of Pavlovsk. It's fascinating to note that Strauss drew inspiration for this composition from the world around him. In this case, he found it in the emerging technology of the time, namely, the steam locomotive. The composition itself is a testament to Strauss's ability to capture the essence and energy of the subject matter. The rhythm of this dance piece mirrors the rhythmic chugging and movements of the old-fashioned steam trains that were prevale

Johannes Brahms - Famous works

 A densely written score by Brahms, from Rhapsody, Op. 53.


  • Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
  • Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
  • Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
  • Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

Orchestral music:

  • Variations on a Theme by Haydn ("Saint Anthony Variations"), Op. 56a
  • Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
  • Tragic Overture, Op. 81

Concertante works:

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in B♭ major, Op. 83
  • Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
  • Double Concerto in A minor for violin and cello, Op. 102

Choral and Vocal music:

  • Ein deutsches Requiem ("A German Requiem"), Op. 45
  • Rinaldo, cantata, Op. 50
  • Rhapsody ("Alto Rhapsody"), Op. 53

Piano music:

  • Ungarische Tänze (10 "Hungarian Dances"), W. 1 Book 1-2
  • Ungarische Tänze (11 "Hungarian Dances"), W. 1 Book 3-4
  • Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 in F♯ minor, Op. 2
  • Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Op. 5
  • 6 Pieces for Piano, Op. 118
  • Scherzo in E♭ minor, Op. 4
  • 4 Ballades, Op. 10
  • 7 Fantasies, Op. 116

Chamber music:

  • String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
  • Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38
  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78
  • Τρίο σε Λα ελάσσονα, Έργο 114
  • Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120
  • Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E♭ major, Op. 120