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Roland John Wiley

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195368925

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368925.001.0001

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The Music of 1882–1884

The Music of 1882–1884

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(p.257) Chapter Sixteen The Music of 1882–1884
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Tchaikovsky
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Roland John Wiley

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195368925.003.0016

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's works of 1882–1884 echo those of 1878–1881: op. 51, like op. 40, is a set of notated improvisations; the All-Night Vigil came in the wake of Nikolay Rubinstein's death, just as the Liturgy came after the events of 1877; the Second Suite, op. 53, is an experimental orchestral work like the 1st; the Children's Songs of op. 54 echo the Children's Album, op. 39, as the Third Suite, op. 55 with its elegy, waltz, and variations, echoes the Serenade for Strings; the Concert Fantasia for Piano and Orchestra, op. 56, returns to the dashing pianism of the Piano Sonata. Mazepa, a historical opera, recalls The Maid of Orleans in that respect. Two short pieces are adjuncts to Tchaikovsky's complex compositions of 1884.

Keywords:   Tchaikovsky, Nikolay Grigorievich Rubinstein, Liturgy, Second Suite, Children's Songs, Children's Album, Third Suite, Concert Fantasia, Piano Sonata, Mazepa

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