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

Gioachino Rossini - Famous works

Set for Rossini's opera La Donna del Lago (The Lady of the Lake), written in 1819.


  • Tancredi
  • L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
  • Il turco in Italia
  • Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra
  • Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione (The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution)
  • Otello, ossia Il Moro di Venezia
  • La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
  • Armida
  • La donna del lago (The Lady of the Lake)
  • Semiramide
  • Le siège de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth)
  • Mosè in Egitto (Moses in Egypt)
  • Le comte Ory
  • Guillaume Tell

Sacred music:

  • Messa di Gloria
  • Stabat mater
  • Petite messe solennelle

Instrumental music: 

  • Duetto per Violoncello e Contrabasso
  • Variazzioni di clarinetto
  • Trois marches militaires
  • Concerto per fagotto ed orchestra
  • Fantaisie

Vocal music:

  • Les soirées musicales
  • Francesca da Rimini