Vaughan Williams creatively scores these songs to create a sense of drama with just voice and violin in this song-cycle based on the poems of A.E. Housman.
Hindemith built his music on Classical ideals using a number of forms like Theme and Variations, but uses modern harmonic techniques to look backward and forward at the same time.
The virtuosic demands on the violist have made this short work a staple in the repertoire since it shows off all the talents of the musician.
Although not the first composition by Beethoven, it was the first that he felt would become profitable. At the time the pianoforte was relatively new and music composed for it was wildly popular.