Evening Masterwork: Tchaikovsky’s “Winter Daydreams”

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840 – 1893)

Symphony No. 1 in g “Winter Daydreams” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Evening Masterwork for January 9, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Unlike Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” or “Polish” symphonies, whose nicknames were given by critics at a much later date, Tchaikovsky named his First Symphony “Winter Dream.” He even went further, titling two of the symphony’s movements; the first movement “Dreams of a Winter Journey,” and the second “Desolate Land, Land of the Mists.” These titles don’t necessarily make the symphony programmatic in a story-telling way – such titles were common in music of that period. But the symphony does evoke a mood and atmosphere of winter, and it’s easy to imagine this music accompanying a wintry landscape. The Symphony No. 1 by Tchaikovsky, “Winter Daydreams,” our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.