Morning Glories: Tchaikovsky

by Rex Levang, Minnesota Public Radio
December 9, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Every weekday morning at 10 a.m., the hosts at Classical MPR play a standout work based on the theme for the week. We call these works Morning Glories.

This week's Morning Glories celebrate Tchaikovsky — let's hope his music brings some warmth into the winter season. (And don't forget about the complete Nutcracker, Wednesday night at 8.)

Monday

Swan Lake Suite

This is Tchaikovsky's first ballet score — we'll sample all three during the week.

Tuesday

Francesca da Rimini

Like the more famous "Romeo and Juliet," this tone poem paints a picture of tragic passion, with soaring melodies to match.

Wednesday

Symphony No. 5

"I have come to the conclusion that the symphony is a failure" — Tchaikovsky himself, on this symphony which has become one of his most popular.

Thursday

Piano Pieces, Op. 72 (selections)

A charming collection of miniatures; if Tchaikovsky had given them a more flamboyant title, would they be better known

Friday

Sleeping Beauty Suite

As the concluding section of this suite suggests, Tchaikovsky was one of the great waltz composers.

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