Friday, January 14, 2011

A Further Look Into the Lesser - Known Tschaikowsky...

Because of the immense popularity of such works as "The Nutcracker," or the Piano Concerto, or the Sixth Symphony, the solo works for piano by Peter Tschaikowsky tend to be overlooked.
The suite for piano, "The Seasons," may well be the most popular work for that medium, with "June" and "November" being the pieces most often played, and justifiably so, as the other months in that suite may be considered less inspired elements of that opus.
I decided to look over the Opus 21; the "Six Pieces," which the composer began late in his 32nd year, finishing them in the following year.
My sense is that, for the most part, the music is not readily identifiable as Tschaikowsky; actually, out of context, I believe that even the experienced listener would have difficulty in identifying as to who wrote much of that music.
I would respectfully attribute that to the more probing and stylistically experimental attitude that seems prevalent in the composer's mode of thinking, as he wrote this music.
I am not stating that this is great Tschaikowsky; however, for the budding musicologist and musical theoretician or historian, I would recommend them for study, as it reveals, at least to me, a more arcane aspect of the Tchaikowsky the world otherwise has gotten to know so well.

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