Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

  1. Tchaikovsky was based out of _________
  2. Where did Tchaikovsky study? Under who?
    At the St. Petersburg conservatory under Anton Rubinstein
  3. Immediatly after graduation Tchaikovsky was offered waht job
    Professor at the newly opened Moscow Conservatory
  4. What was Tchaikovsky criticized for
    Never inducted nationalism and for being more cosmopolitan
  5. Stasov and Cui made what claims about Tchaikovsky
    He wasn't a Russian composer but instead a student of German school (Tchaikovsky found this insulting)
  6. Which member of the handful did Tchaikovsy become close too, adopting some techniques
  7. What signiture of Balakirev is present in Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet"
    In this Sonata Allegro the keys are B minor and D flat major (Balakirev's favorites)
  8. Romeo and Juliet was Tchaikovsky's greatest masterpiece, showing his mastery of what
    Climaxes, bringing the piece to it's highest point then letting winds bring it down softly
  9. What was Tchaikovsky able to portray in his symphonies
    human emotion with great intensity
  10. What was the driving force behind Tchaikovsky's psycological narratives
    Harmony: Tension+Resolution=Emotion
  11. Who were the two best at working with their audiences emotions
    Tchaikovsky and Richard Wagner
  12. What is Tchaikovsky' fourth symphony known for
    It's willful open fanfare, recognized by audiences as a "fate theme"
  13. Describe Tchaikovsky's finale to his fourth symphony? What was it based on? 
    • Based on a folk theme "In the field their stood a birch tree"
    • Changing background variations
    • Tchaikovsky at the asking of patroness Nadezhda von Meck the hero is going into a merry croud of people..... but like good old Tchaikovsky would prefer he's trying to forget his own distress
  14. What was Tchaikovsky's last symphony? What was it that broke him away from large symphonic form
    His sixth symphony; he broke away because of tragic narratives
  15. Instead of the traditional ending to a symphony.. which is ________, Tchaikovsky ended it how? What is it recognized as?
    Normal symphony ends in noisy finale, Tchaikovsky ended the sixth in a funeral (represents the finest grief in music)
  16. How does Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony begin
    With descending violins seeming to end this with a question mark
  17. What is the second theme of Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony
    It is in the major and has majestic, chorale-like character
  18. What did Tchaikovsky think of opera
    It was the most democratic genre
  19. Why was Tchaikovsky interested in Pushkin
    He felt his characters were easier to connect with than distant tsars and princesses
  20. What Pushkin piece did Tchaikovsky produce as an opera
  21. What is the story of Onegin
    Tatiana likes Onegin, Onegin doesn't, Olga toys with Lensky's feelings... Time passes and Tatiana becomes of high standing, now Onegin wants her (IF YOU LIKE IT THAN YOU BETTER PUT A RING ON IT)
  22. What is the scale of Tchaikovsky's Onegin? What does it remind us of?
    modest scale; reminding us of parlor songs (romances0 of Pushkin
  23. What does Stasov think of Tchaikovsky's opera Onegin 
    It's not Russian and it barely passes for folk type
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