Suite No. 3 in G Major

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Peter I Tchaikovsky

Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky (trans. Frank Winterbottom)

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This work bears the designation Boosey & Hawkes QMB Journal 77. It is Tchaikovsky's Opus 55.

General Info

Year: 1884 / 1937
Duration: c. 10:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


1. Theme – 1:00
2. Variation 1: Andante con Moto – 0:50
3. Variation 2: Tempo del Thema – 1:05
3. Variation 3: Tempo del Thema – 1:25
4. Variation 4: Moderato – 0:35
5. Variation 5: Largo – 0:55
6. Variation 6: Allegro molto vivace – 1:35
7. Variation 7: Finale: Polacca – 2:35


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Program Notes

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed his Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G, Op. 55 in 1884, writing it concurrently with his Concert Fantasia in G, Op. 56, for piano and orchestra. The originally intended opening movement of the suite, Contrastes, instead became the closing movement of the fantasia. Both works were also intended initially as more mainstream compositions than they became; the fantasia was intended as a piano concerto, while the suite was conceived as a symphony.

The suite's first performance was in Saint Petersburg, Russia on January 24, 1885, under the direction of Hans von Bülow. It was dedicated to the conductor Max Erdmannsdörfer, who gave the Moscow premiere a few days later, and who had conducted the premieres of the first two suites.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Peter IIyich Tchaikovsky's (1840-93) Theme and Seven Variations from Suite III, Op. 55 dates from 1884, the same year as the Manfred Symphony, the variations being the last movement of the suite. Of the twelve variations in the orchestra1 score, seven were chosen by Winterbottom for transcription for the British military band. Winterbottom was among that small circle of outstanding 1920s British musicians who made it their business to thoroughly understand the ensemble for which they were adapting well-known music by famous orchestral composers. His choice of seven of the variations ending with Tchaikovsky's brilliant Polacca are excellent examples of Winterbottom's mastery of the transcriber's craft.

- Program Notes by Frederick Fennell, John Boyd, and Todd Sullivan from liner notes for ELF CD Philharmonia à Vent


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