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

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter I Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tschaikowsky (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


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Eb Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
String Bass
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


Errata

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



Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

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


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