Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Guide
(Unlocking the Masters). Composer and author Daniel Felsenfeld takes the reader on a tour of some of the "Little Russian's" most beloved works, including The Nutcracker , Swan Lake , 1812 Overture , Romeo and Juliet , Symphonies Nos. 4 and 6, the Serenade for Strings, and his Violin Concerto. The book is a series of blow-by-blow listening sections matched to the music on two accompanying CDs, guiding the reader through these magical compositions, illuminating their edges and fine points.
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Allegro anacrusis basses and cellos bassoons beauty begins beneath cadence cascade celesta character chord chromatic clarinet coda composer composer's concerto countermelody crash dance death creeps downward E.T.A. Hoffmann ears emotional Eventually F-sharp fate moves fate waltzes feels fiddle final flutes follow forces G major grand Hadean hear home key horns idea instrument introduced landing listen manic material melody meter Mighty Five minor minutes modulation mood motion motive Nikolay Rubinstein Nutcracker oboe once opening ostinato overture Pathetique pedal tone piece pizzicato pizzicato strings play Poznansky push quickly Quoted in Orlova restatement Romeo and Juliet Russian scamper second theme seems Serenade for Strings sing slightly soaring solo soloist sonata sonata form song sound statement strong beat symphony tail Tchaikovsky repeats Tchaikovsky-verse texture theme B returns things timpani tonic Track triplets turn Victorian era violas violin weak beat winds woodwinds writes wrote