Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in e Op. 64
The Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky is classic Tchaikovsky: it is steeped in European compositional technique and standard, though a Russian flavor pervades the symphony without being overly nationalistic. However, that use of his formal training also conflicted with much of Tchaikovsky’s personal musical meaning: often times, the standard European structures did not align with his unspoken program. Tchaikovsky also wasn’t a fan of the more “amateurish” (in his eyes) Russian composers of his day, and was happy to prove with his Fifth Symphony who was really on top.