Monday, September 15, 2008

Tchaikovsky's Marche Slave

This piece was written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893). As a prominent Russian and world composer, Tchaikovsky has given us some of the greatest works we know today, including: The Nutcracker Suite, 1812 Overture, and the Swan Lake ballet. Unlike these pieces though, Marche Slave is a far more ominous sounding orchestration, which is understandable considering it's history. Tchaikovsky wrote it for his friend, Nikolai Rubinstein who asked him to write a piece for the wounded Russian volunteers who were aiding the Serbians in the Serbo-Turkish war.

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