Tchaikovsky Symphony 2 Analysis

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I. Introduction Research question: What musical elements used by Bizet in his L’Arlesienne and Tchaikovsky in his Symphony No.2 reflect the feelings of the nationalist movement? During the 19th century, the music had changed in style, that they broke the form and freely composed the music and we call it romantic era. The music in Romantic era has large difference from the strict classical era, it became more expressive and use wide range of emotions. It expanded the orchestra, providing the depth on timbre. Especially in the middle of the century, with the domination of the German influences, their own country styled music was started to discover by composers of the other country. The investigation evaluates how this nationalistic movements…show more content…
Although I loved two of these pieces, I didn’t really know the detail and background of these. Since I realized the use of folksong in these music, it is worth studying to find the components of the folksongs for making this great pieces by the combination of color of each country, each composer, and romantic era. Also Romantic’s ‘being expressive’ was being controversial for the people who believe the absolute music. So my investigation is valued in the discovery of the importance in programmed…show more content…
He began to take the piano lesson by the age of 5 but his parents didn’t wish him to work on music industry. His mother died during the time he was in boarding school, that on 1859, Tchaikovsky take his parent’s wish that he once take the post on Ministry of Justice. But he decided to live in a music industry when he was 21, that he enrolled at St.Petersburg Conservatory, being first student to learn composition. And he later become the professor at the Moscow Conservatory. As a composer, his work of symphony, opera and concerto was well received. After he resigned from the Moscow Conservatory on 1878 he spent whole his life composing his music. He composed 169 pieces in total, including symphonies, operas, ballets, concertos, cantatas and songs. Symphony No.2 was succeeded and it was also praised by the group of nationalistic composers, “The Five”. The piece was nicknamed as ‘Little Russia’ by his great use of Ukrainian folk songs. Although he wasn’t a member of “The Five” group of composers whose goal was to promote Russian nationalism praised Tchaikovsky’s work. Tchaikovsky actually try to distance himself from them. “The Five” composers were Mily Balakirev, Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and Alexander

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