Giuseppe Verdi - Messa da Requiem

Although Requiem was a religious work, it was presented more in concert halls than in churches. Giuseppe Verdi wrote the famous Requiem in honour of his close friend, Alessandro Manzoni, the great Italian poet, writer, and humanist, who died in 1873. It is a powerful fusion of intense drama and passion, with moments of reverent simplicity. Verdi conducted the first performance at St. Mark's Church in Milan on May 22, 1874, the first anniversary of Manzoni's death. Revolutionary composition Verdi's Requiem has been revolutionary in two respects: First, because while the traditional requiem is a prayer of the living for the dead, Verdi's work was a function as much for the living as for the dead. As Verdi would expect, it's a dramatic, theatrical play. Written for four solo voices (soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor and bass) with full choir and orchestra, it follows the typical Roman Catholic Latin mass for the dead. The "libretto" certainly comes from the dram

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: