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

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