Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir of Florence Op. 70

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir of Florence Op. 70

Tchaikovsky is so well known for his “big” pieces – the symphonies, ballets, overtures, etc. – that one may not think too much of his chamber music. But he did, obviously have several hits: his string quartets, a piano trio, and a sextet for strings which would become known as his Souvenir of Florence. He started the work in 1887, though he completed the bulk of it in 1890 after returning from a trip to Florence. And the city must have had a huge impression on him, because he felt it important to title the work as such; back in those days, publishers were mostly the ones to give out titles. Writing his Souvenir must have also been a welcome break from composing bigger works. He said of it, “I wrote it with great enthusiasm and with the least exertion.” The Souvenir of Florence by Tchaikovsky, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR. [Photo: pixabay/ kalhh-86169]

Air Date: 
Monday, November 27, 2017 - 7:00pm