Symphony No. 4 in F Minor by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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Symphony No. 4 in F Minor by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky CHAPTER 1 BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION 1 CHAPTER 2 SYMPHONY IN F MINOR: PERSONAL LISTENING 4 CHAPTER 3 SYMPHONY IN F MINOR: GENERAL INFO AND DISCUSSION 6 FIRST MOVEMENT 6 SECOND MOVEMENT 7 THIRD MOVEMENT 8 FOURTH MOVEMENT 8 OVERALL EFFECT 9 WORKS CITED 11 CHAPTER BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born in Votkinsk, the Viatka District in Russia on May 7, 1840 to a Russian miner and a mother of French origin. During his early life, Tchaikovsky did receive some musical training from a French governess in the form of piano lessons, but the training did not continue. As a young child, Tchaikovsky's family moved to St. Petersburg because his father had been given the position of a government mining official there. In St. Petersburg, he was sent to school to study the law and prepare for a career there, but he continued his musical training in his own time. By improvising on the piano, Tchaikovsky was not only able to improve his skill, but it was in the course of his practices that gave him a great love of music. He wouldn't again train formally in music until after his graduation from law school in 1859. In 1861, he had taken a job as a clerk in the Ministry of Justice in St. Petersburg when he enrolled in the newly formed St. Petersburg Conservatory to continue his learning. He began to study composition under the direction of Anton Rubinstein, a highly celebrated pianist and composer; also, he was the director of the conservatory. Rubinstein was impressed by Tchaikovsky and once commented that while he was a bit careless, the young man was "definitely talented." This commentary from his instructor inspired Tchaikov... ... middle of paper ... ...most difficult time of his life, but each movement, though filled at times with total turmoil and confusion, just adds to and compliments the rest. This level of quality of composition shows the kind of talent that Tchaikovsky had at his command. I feel that he truly deserves his place among the master composers of the Romantic Period. Bibliography: Works Cited Johan Alkerstedt, Classical Music - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Internet Address: WWW.IDA.MS.SE/IDA/~A94JOHAL/MUSIC/TCHAIKOV.HTML Internet Public Library, Music History 101: Tchaikovsky Internet Address: WWW.IPL.ORG/EXHIBIT/MUSHIST/LAT/TCHAIKOVSKY.HTML Classics World Biography: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Internet Address: http://CLASSICALMUS.COM/COMPOSERS/TCHIAKOV.HTML Understanding Music by Jeremy Yudkin, Prentice-Hall Inc. Upper Saddle River, NJ chap 9 pp. 296-99

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