Printed set (Score & Parts)
Symphony No.4 Op. 36 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was begun in 1876 and completed during an 1877 sojourn at the Hotel Londra Palace,
on the lagoon in Venice. It premiered in Moscow on February 22, 1878, led by Nikolai Rubinstein.
As a renowned composer, Tchaikovsky had many famous works. Amongst those are his renowned symphonies No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6.
In this excerpt from a letter to Nadezhda von Meck, Tchaikovsky describes the program of Symphony No. 4:
"If you find no cause for joy within yourself, look for it in others. Go to the people - a picture of festive popular rejoicing. Scarcely has one forgotten
oneself and been carried away at the sight of someone else's pleasure than indefatigable Fate returns again and reminds you of yourself. But others pay
no heed to you. They do not even turn around, they do not glance at you and do not notice how lonely and gloomy you are... Reproach yourself and
do not say that all the world is sad. Simple but strong joys do exist. Rejoice in other's rejoicing. To live is still bearable."
The symphony is composed of 4 movements:
Movt. 1: Andante sostenuto - Moderato con anima (F minor)
Movt. 2: Andantino in modo di Canzone (Bb minor)
Movt. 3: Scherzo: Pizzicato ostinato. Allegro (F major)
Movt. 4: Finale: Allegro con fuoco (F major) [Source for this arrangement]
The introduction is an explosion of sound by the entire ensemble announcing the 1st motif. After the motif is repeated, a beautiful, melancholic 2nd
motif is stated. Here Tchaikovsky incorporates a famous Russian folk song, "In the Field Stood a Birch Tree".
These two motifs are developed repeatedly, leading to a climax. Then, a powerful "fate motif " fanfare from the 1st movement is restated followed by
an exciting coda. A few of the most appealing characteristics of this piece are the contrast between the calm and powerful styles of the two motives,
fabulous orchestration by Tchaikovsky, and its energetic compositional structure.
This arrangement was created for Kawagoe Sohwa Wind Ensemble in 2013. It was performed on May 19th, 2013 for their main annual concert.
To affect a more "orchestral" timbre you may consider a different ensemble set up, such as placing the winds on risers.
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