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In Tchaikovsky's symphonic output, his Symphony No. 4 was a pivotal work. It announced the composer as a major symphonist of his time, overshadowing his previous, less-than-distinguished efforts in this form, and opened the way to his last, major, works: the haunting Fifth Symphony and the biographical Sixth, the profound "Pathetique."Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony written in 1877 at the age of thirty-seven offers itself as an intensely personal statement. Dramatically shaped and brilliantly orchestrated, it captures a theatrical quality and orchestral color that shaped the composer's symphonic fantasy Francesca da Rimini, written just a year earlier. The Fourth opens unequivocally with the thrust of a brass fanfare the "fate" motive that is to reappear in the last movement then flows with the effortless quality that characterizes Tchaikovsky's great, generously melodious ballet scores. The second movement lingers over one of the composer's most poignant melodies, and the third the Scherzo offers a delightful fantasy from this master orchestrator: the charming Pizzicato ostinato, a unique moment in the entire orchestral literature.The symphony is reproduced here from the authoritative Breitkopf & Hartel edition, with bar-numbered movements and ample margins at the bottom of each score page for notes and analysis. Ideal for study in the classroom, at home, or in the concert hall, this affordable, high quality, conveniently sized volume will be the edition of choice for music students and music lovers alike"

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780486404219
ISBN-10: 0486404218
Format: Paperback
(208mm x 136mm x 11mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Dover Publications Inc.
Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 1893)was one of the most loved of Russian composers. His music is famous for its strong emotion, and his technical skill and strict work habits helped guarantee its lasting appeal. His wide-ranging output includes symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental, chamber music, and songs."

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