Happy birthday, Peter

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed vocal and instrumental works of many kinds, ranging from large-scale works such as symphonies, concerti for piano and violin, operas, and ballets to string quartets, songs, and pieces for solo piano. He employed musical forms that had evolved in the West but imbued them with a distinctively Russian flavor, sometimes weaving traditional Russian folk melodies into his compositions.

Here is the waltz from Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, composed in 1880.

Just for fun:

“Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” played on glass harp. 

The finale from the 1812 Overture in a musical visualization by Ernie Kovacs. (Bizarre in the extreme.)

“Dance of the Reed Flutes” performed by the St. Luke’s Bottle Band. (Hilarious — don’t miss this one.)

7 Responses to Happy birthday, Peter

  1. Great! Thank you! 😉

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  2. Just splendid. Happy Birthday, Peter. 🙂 — Suzanne

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  3. The big schmaltzy Strauss waltzes leave me cold (as does the flower waltz in Nutcracker), but PIT was one of the few who could write a really good waltz for large ensemble. Like the one featured in this post. Thank U.

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