Finale from Symphony in F minor No 4 (arr Sato)

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter I. Tchaikovsky

Peter I. Tchaikovsky (trans. Masato Sato)

General Info

Year: 1878 / 2014
Duration: c. 9:20
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Bravo Music
Cost: Score and Parts - $125.00   |   Score Only - $12.50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Solo Flute I-II
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
Solo B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat B-flat Cornet I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbal
  • Marimba
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Fourth Symphony, by its magnificent power and brilliance, its flashes and humor, and its marvelous coloring, has won its way to a point in the favor of concert audiences which places it on an equal footing with its successors, and there are many who prefer it to the Fifth -- and the Sixth (Pathetique).

The first performance of this composition took place on February 22, 1878, at Moscow, under the direction of Nicholas Rubinstein. The work was, at its production, only a mild success. When it was played for the first time in Petrograd, December 7, 1878, it met with brilliant success, and this triumph brought great happiness to Tchaikovsky. The first performance of the symphony in America took place February 1, 1890, at a concert of the Symphony Society, conducted by Walter Damrosch, in the Metropolitan Opera House, New York.

- Program Note from Program Notes for Band

The Symphony Number 4 was the first of Tchaikowsky’s symphonies to gain a permanent place in the repertoire.

The Finale opens with a powerful, rushing theme. Soon tranquility reigns. At this point Tchaikovsky uses an old Russian folk song, In the Fields There Stands a Birch Tree. Tchaikovsky explained the finale as follows:

“If you have no pleasure in yourself, look about you. Go to the people. See how they can enjoy life and give themselves up entirely to festivity, the picture of a folk holiday. Hardly have we had time to forget ourselves in the happiness of others, when indefatigable Fate reminds us once more of its presence. The other children of men are not concerned with us ... How merry and glad they all are ... And you will say that all the world is immersed in sorrow? There still is happiness, simple, native happiness. Rejoice in the happiness of others-and you can still live.”

- Program Note from The Grand Band Companion

Tchaikovsky completed his Symphony No.4, op. 36 late in 1877, at the completion of a tumultuous year emotionally. Tchaikovsky declared that the “symphony has a program that can be put into words.” He went on to describe the final movement as follows: “If there is no joy within you, turn to others. Go to the people. They know how to lose themselves in revelry and pleasure ... But no sooner do you abandon yourself to merriment than fate reappears, reminding you of your suffering. The others pay no attention to your sorrow ... They still enjoy simple, primitive pleasures; join them, and life will yet be bearable.”

Masato Sato utilizes the original key used in Tchaikovsky’s Finale, and remains true to the integrity of the piece.

- Program Note by the Midlothian High School Wind Ensemble


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