Finale from Symphony in F minor No 4 (tr Hindsley)

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter I Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky (trans. Mark Hindsley)

General Info

Year: 1878/197-?
Duration: c. 11:30
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hindsley Works
Cost: Score and Parts - $114.00   |   Score Only - $24.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


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 Tchaikovsky’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


State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • South Carolina: VI
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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