Tchaikovsky's Symphony In F Minor. Essay

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An analysis of Tchaikovsky's Symphony in F Minor.The Symphony in F Minor is a standard four movement piece written in the key of F minor. Tchaikovsky composed this piece between 1877 and 78. He wrote it during the time of his disastrous marriage to Antonia Milyukova. Because of this, one can assume that the great passions and contrasts that are written into the symphony are a result of his marriage. But this might not be completely true, because it is rumored that the piece is actually dedicated to his patron Madame von Meck. Tchaikovsky himself described it as a "musical confession of the soul."4 The information concerning the first performance of the Forth Symphony is very sketchy, but there are some things that can assumed. For instance, one can assume that the piece was first performed in St Petersburg, since that is to where Tchaikovsky fled after his marriage fell apart, and that Tchaikovsky was the conductor since that was commonplace for the style period. As to greater detail, due to lack of information, it is just not possible.FIRST MOVEMENT:The first movement of the Forth Symphony is the longest of the four movements. It starts out with the brass instruments in a sort of brass fanfare with a fast tempo to move the music along. I found that throughout this piece, Tchaikovsky really makes use of the crescendos and decrescendos and, in fact, I would have to say that this is probably the element for which impacts the movement the most. He really makes large jumps between loud and soft because of the heavy use of the horns in this movement. The other element that impacts the most is the tempo. He never separates the two. For example, every time the music goes soft, the tempo slows down and every time that the loud is getting louder, the tempo is picking back up. Now this is just in general and there are a few rare times in this movement that the tempo changes aren't constant with this, but for the most part, Tchaikovsky follows this pattern of soft-slow and loud-fast through the first movement. I had mentioned before in the personal listening portion of this paper that to me the combined elements of the first movement that reminded me of a person being chased. It was Tchaikovsky's use of this soft-slow, loud-fast pattern that lead me to this picture. I think that he used this for the first movement as a way of catching his audience's attention and holding on to it. It wasn't just a flash in the pan and then they could go back to what they were doing before, but he would grab your attention, allow you to relax a bit, then pull you back once again. This particular movement is very typical of the Romantic style period because of it's sharp contrasts and musical color. You can really feel the emotions of Tchaikovsky seeping through his music. Overall I would have to say that this is a very tumultuous pieces because of it's many contrasting elements.SECOND MOVEMENTIn the second movement, Tchaikovsky departs from the sporadic jumps in elements...

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