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Evening Masterwork: Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

Symphony No. 5 in e-minor, Op. 64 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Evening Masterwork for July 8, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

One of the first critics to write about Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony noted that the orchestration was “essentially modern, and even ultra-modern.” This was ten years after the composer completed his triumphant Fourth Symphony, and like his Fourth, Tchaikovsky was likely considering the role of Fate while writing his Symphony No. 5– but it also included an “unspoken program” that he would never reveal.