Year: 1881 (1880s)
Authors: Boston Symphony Orchestra
Subjects: Boston Symphony Orchestra Concert programs
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Boston Symphony Orchestra
Contributing Library: Boston Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Boston Symphony Orchestra
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not hurry judgment, but write me what you honestlythink after the performance. In Milan I wished to indicate the tempiby metronome marks; I did not do this, for a metronome costs there atleast thirty francs. You are the only conductor in the whole worldwhom I can trust. In the 1st movement there are some difficultchanges in tempo, to which I call your special attention. The thirdmovement is to be played pizzicato, the quicker the pace, the better;yet I have no precise idea of what speed can be attained in pizzicato. In the same month he wrote that there were only two men in theworld to whom he would intrust the labor of making an arrangementof the symphony for four hands,—Klindworth and Taneieff. * There is reference here to the crazed condition of Tschaikowsky after his amazing marriage to AntoninaIvanovna Milioukoff. The marriage was on July 18, 1877. He left his wife at Moscow, October 6. Seethe Programme Book of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for January 31, 1903 (pp. 721-724).
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G ©red C©stames9 C©ais and Waists DANCING DRESSES A SPECIALTY717 BOYLSTON STREET TELEPHONE. 5818 B. B.BOSTON 970 In a long letter to Mrs. von Meek from Florence, March i, 1878,Tschaikowsky gave the programme of the 4th Symphony, withthematic illustration in notation:— The Introduction is the kernel, the quintessence, the chief thoughtof the whole symphony. He quotes the opening theme, sounded byhorns and bassoons, Andante, F minor, 3-4. This is Fate, the fatalpower which hinders one in the pursuit of happiness from gaining thegoal, which jealously provides that peace and comfort do not prevail,that the sky is not free from clouds,-—a might that swings, like thesword of Damocles, constantly over the head, that poisons continu-ally the soul. This might is overpowering and invincible. There isnothing to do but to submit and vainly complain. He quotes thetheme for strings, Moderato con anima, F minor, 9-8. The feelingof despondency and despair grows ever stronger and more passio
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