Orchestral Suite No. 4 ''Mozartiana'' (Tchaikovsky)

Orchestral Suite No. 4 ''Mozartiana'' (Tchaikovsky)

Orchestral Suite No. 4 ''Mozartiana'' (Tchaikovsky)

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The Orchestral Suite No. 4 Op. 61, more commonly known as Mozartiana, is an orchestral suite by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, written in 1887 as a tribute to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on the 100th anniversary of that composer's opera Don Giovanni. Because this suite consists of four orchestrations of piano pieces by (or in one case, based on) Mozart, Tchaikovsky did not number this suite with his previous three suites for orchestra. Instead, he considered it a separate work entitled Mozartiana. Nevertheless, it is usually counted as No. 4 of his orchestral suites.

Tchaikovsky conducted the premiere himself, in Moscow in November 1887.James Lyons, Notes to Antal Doráti's complete recording of the Suites It was the only one of his suites he conducted, and only the second at whose premiere he was present.

Orchestration

This suite is scored for pairs of flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and trumpets, four horn, timpani, cymbals, glockenspiel, harp and string.

Structure

Mozartiana is in four movements and lasts approximately 20 minutes.

  1. Gigue. Allegro (G major)
  2. :After the Little Gigue for piano, K. 574.
  3. Menuet. Moderato (D major)
  4. :After the Minuet for piano, K. 355.
  5. Preghiera. Andante ma non tanto (B flat major)
  6. :After Franz Liszt's piano transcription of the Ave verum corpus, K. 618. (In 1862 Liszt wrote a piano transcription combining Gregorio Allegri's Miserere and Mozart's Ave verum corpus, published as "À la Chapelle Sixtine" (S.461).......
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