Monday, December 7, 2020

This Russian Composer's Music Is An American Staple

 As the Christmas season nears, I repeat this post first published a few years ago.
Sometimes I will ask classical music lovers who is their favorite composer and almost always the names of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach will come up.  In fact, that is the names I would mention when asked who is my favorite.  But I was thinking, especially when I hear some ultra beautiful music composed by this Russian Romantic composer, he should be right up there near the top of the greatest list.

This composer born in Votkinsk, Russia in 1840, was a prolific composer of all genres of classical music including 7 symphonies, 11 operas, ballets, choral works, piano solo works, and chamber music. This great Russian composer also composed, in my opinion, the best concertos for piano and violin.  The composer I am talking about, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

His compositions contain some of the most beautiful, melodic music ever composed.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky [May 7, 1840 - Nov. 6, 1893] 
Besides all of this great music, Tchaikovsky's music is an American staple in two of the most important holidays in America, Independence Day and Christmas [season].  
Every July 4th in America, Independence Day, the stirring "1812 Overture" by Tchaikovsky is played in almost every city in America before the evening ends; and there hasn't been a Christmas season in my lifetime that has gone by with the popular ballet, "The Nutcracker" containing Tchaikovsky's glorious musical score, performed at concert halls all throughout America.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy some beautiful music by this Russian composer whose music is heard by Americans every year.

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite:

P.I. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture [with choir]:

P.I. Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto #1 in B Flat minor, movement 1, Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso:

P.I.Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major, Movement 3, Allegro Vivacissimo:


Unknown said...

Thanks to a Russian,my patriotic heart beats faster every July 4th!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Andrew!!