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

Johannes Brahms - Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F Major - Allegretto

The Dance No. 3 in F Major - Allegretto of Johannes Brahms has a light and elegant main theme, which is presented by the oboes. It is followed by a brief darker section for the remaining wind instruments.

On the contrary, the middle section is dynamic and glamorous played by the whole orchestra and the cymbals.

The performance of this dance on the piano also highlights Johannes Brahms's love of Hungarian music and the elegant character of this composition: