Then & Now 2/15: Winter Dreams

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

On this date in 1868, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 titled "Winter Dreams" had its premiere in Moscow.  The symphony’s title came from Tchaikovsky himself.  The work is not programmatic, but having titles was a common practice at that time, and a wintry landscape is certainly one of the moods of Tchaikovsky’s Winter Dreams Symphony. 

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Air Date: 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 8:00am