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

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