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

Claude Debussy - "Jardins sous la pluie" (Estampes)

Debussy was influenced by Western and Eastern art. His work "Pagodes" from the series Estampes for piano, expresses his admiration for the East.

This work comes from a wider group of pianistic compositions and is one of the three pianistic works of the series "Estampes". It was written in 1903 and presented in Paris in 1904. Once again the theme of water appears in a work by Claude Debussy.

The fast motivo of tones and harmony that submit a view seen through a veil of rain, is typical in Debusy's compositions. 

The central part of the work mentions the melody of an old French children's song. 

Towards the end, the music brightens, submitting the appearance of the sun.