Category Archives: 1850-1900

88: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 2 Little Russian

The symphony takes its name from the use of Ukrainian Folk Songs; Ukraine often referred to as Little Russia in Tchaikovsky’s day. Tchaikovsky wrote most of his second symphony while staying with his sister’s family in Kamianka, Ukraine. He finished … Continue reading

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96: Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6 in D major

Symphony No. 6, written in 1880,  was Dvorak’s first published symphony. It was published as Symphony No. 1 by Fritz Simrock, but Dvorak considered it to be his fifth. It was written for the Vienna Philharmonic under Hans Richter after … Continue reading

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Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition

It was 1873 when Modest Mussorgsky’s close friend, artist Viktor Hartmann died suddenly of an aneurism at age 39. The following year Mussorgsky attended an exhibition of over 400 pieces by Hartmann. Shaken by his death, and inspired by his … Continue reading

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98: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5 in F Major

Antonín Dvořák wrote his fifth symphony in the summer of 1875. There is quite a bit of confusion when it comes to numbering his symphonies. Dvořák’s first four symphonies were not published until after his death. His publisher Fritz Simrock … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture

Tchaikovsky wrote the 1812 Overture in 1880 for use in a dedication service for the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow commemorating the 1812 Battle of Borodino and the retreat of the French army from Moscow. The Battle of … Continue reading

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