Sunday, November 3, 2013

A Russian's Winter Daydreams

The Russian Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was one of the great Romantic era composers.  He was a prolific composer of some of the best known and loved compositions.  They included operas, ballets, overtures, symphonies, and what are considered two of the greatest concertos ever written, his piano concerto in B flat minor and his violin concerto in D Major.

The six symphonies Tchaikovsky wrote were given names.  His first symphony was known as "Winter Daydreams" and I think its smooth tranquility is appropriate for a Sunday on the Tales classical music weekend.  While it is the first of his major symphonic works and maybe not the greatest of his symphonies, it is nonetheless a masterpiece by this Russian Romantic master. 

As the temperatures start to drop as we near the Winter season on this relaxing Sunday, turn up the volume and enjoy the opening of this Russian's relaxing piece, Winter Daydreams.

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony #1 in G minor [Winter Daydreams], Movement 1, "Dreams of a Winter Journey",  Allegro tranquillo: