The “Allegro assai” in B-flat major we present today is the second movement of the twelfth Sonata from the Trattenimenti armonici collection by Italian Baroque composer Tomaso Albinoni.
This popular song, also known as “Le Prisonnier de Hollande” (“The Prisoner of Holland”) dates to the 17th century. It appeared during or soon after the Franco-Dutch War (1672–78), during the reign of Louis XIV, when French sailors and soldiers were commonly imprisoned in the Netherlands.
An English version of the song, titled “I love only one girl” (“the one I've got my arms around”), was sung by Elvis Presley in the 1967 film Double Trouble. The song appears in various movies (such as The Day of the Jackal) and in two episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and is mentioned in many books. In Roger Zelazny's Nine Princes in Amber, Prince Corwin even claims to be the one who composed it!
Thanks to Ronald for suggesting this tune!
This waltz-like piece, originally written as a study for solo piano by German pianist and composer Friedrich Burgmüller, is taken from his 25 Études faciles et progressives, Op. 100.
This is the imposing opening movement of the first flute trio from Danish composer Friedrich Kuhlau's Three Grand Trios, Op. 86, composed in 1826.
Many thanks to Joyce Kai for contributing this piece!
The Prelude Op. 28, No. 4 is one of the 24 Chopin preludes. By Chopin's request, this piece was played at his own funeral, along with Mozart's Requiem.
Thanks to Kylee for suggesting this piece!
This traditional Scottish hornpipe appears in the fourth volume of James S. Kerr's Collection of Merry Melodies, published around 1880.
This “Allegro non tanto” is the 31st study from German flutist and composer Caspar Kummer's 32 Etudes amusantes et instructives, Op. 129, first published in 1858.