Evening Masterwork: Serenade for Strings by Tchaikovsky

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

Serenade for Strings in C by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Evening Masterwork for November 22, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Tchaikovsky was pretty busy during the autumn of 1880. He was working on two pieces back-to-back, and to the composer, they were total opposites. One was an overture that he said he wrote “without any warm feelings of love and so, it will probably be of no artistic merit.” That would be his famous 1812 Overture. The other was a beautiful, Mozart-inspired serenade, and this one he seemed to like a little better… “I wrote from inner compulsion. This is a piece from the heart, and so, I venture to hope that this work is not without artistic qualities.” The Serenade for Strings in C by Tchaikovsky, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7, on Classical WSMR.