As well as Tchaikovsky’s famous Piano Concerto, his extensive oeuvre for solo piano also makes an important contribution to romantic piano music. It includes “The Seasons” op. 37 – pleasant playable pieces that reflect a bygone bourgeois atmosphere and can therefore be assigned to the category of “domestic music”. These twelve intimate mood-pictures enable the pianist to plot the course of the twelve months of the year. No. 11, “Troika”, displays a Russian character particularly well, when in November the sleigh-bells and the cheerful singing of the passengers create an enchanting sound. Our edition is based on the autograph and the Russian first edition; moreover it contains Klaus Schilde’s highly regarded fingerings.
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Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky’s piano cycle The Seasons, op. 37bis, was written to satisfy a commission from the music publisher Nikolai Matveyevich Bernard for his musical periodical Le Nouvelliste. Beginning in 1873 Tchaikovsky had occasionally worked for the Nouvelliste, which introduced its readers to new works by Russian and foreign composers and reported on musical events in … more
About the composer
Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky
Most important and first professionally trained Russian composer of the nineteenth century; main works include operas, ballet music, six symphonies, three piano concerti, and one violin concerto, as well as songs, chamber music, and piano music.
|1840||Born in Votkinsk on May 7, the son of a mining engineer.|
|1849–59||Educated as an attorney.|
|1861–65||Study of music; he numbers among the first graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Piano studies with Anton Rubinstein.|
|1866–76||He relocates to Moscow to teach harmony, instrumentation, and free composition at what later became the Moscow Conservatory. Composition of Symphonies No. 1 through 3 (Opp. 13, 17, 29), the Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, the three string quartets (Op. 11 in 1871, Op. 22 in 1874, Op. 90 in 1876).|
|1868–76||Active as a reviewer. He attends the premiere in Bayreuth of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in 1876.|
|from 1877||Travels at home and abroad. Beginning of patronage from Nadezhda von Meck. Composition of the Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, premiered in Moscow in 1878. Premiere of the ballet “Swan Lake,” Op. 20.|
|1879||Premiere in Moscow of “Eugene Onegin,” his best-known and most important opera.|
|1884||Premiere in Moscow of “Mazeppa.”|
|from 1887||Regular performances as conductor of his and others’ work. He is regarded abroad as the most important exponent of Russian music|
|from 1888||Granted an annuity for life by the Tsar.|
|1888||Composition and premiere in St. Petersburg of the Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64; fate motive appears as a kind of “idée fixe.”|
|1892||Premiere of the ballet “The Nutcracker,” Op. 71.|
|1893||Composition of the Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathétique”), Op. 74, which is premiered in St. Petersburg in October that year.|
|1893||Death from cholera in St. Petersburg on November 6.|
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