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Tchaikovsky Symphony 4 in F minor was composed 1877-1878 and has four musical movements including andante sostenuto in F Minot, andantino in B flat major, Allegro in F major, and Finale done in Allegro F major. The first movement of the symphony is characterized by horns and bassoons used in generating loud A-flat octave unison. Woodwinds and trumpets played in higher A-flat follow the descending line generated by low brass and bassoon. As the first movement progresses into syncopated chords played slowly, Tchaikovsky uses his instruments to play a musical piece that depicts lightning bolts, which include two fortissimo chords played shortly, with long silence following each chords. As the musical piece fades away, woodwinds are incorporated in the main melody using Moderato con anima strings, characterized by rapid development of the melody. A-flat is also observed in the first movement that resulted for approximately twenty minutes. The introduction of the second movement is marked by sad melody of oboe. Pizzicato strings, and later woodwinds and oboe mark the third movement. In addition, brass instruments are introduced to play a quiet staccato. The third movement is notable by three classes of instruments including brass, woodwinds and strings. It is apparent that the performance did not entail percussion during this movement, the end of the movement is marked with pizzicato strings.

There are numerous instruments deployed during the performance including two flutes, two horns, two trumpets, three trombones, two oboes, two bassoons, a piccolo, a bass drum, triangle, tuba, strings and timpani. The composition of the fourth symphony denotes the struggles that Tchaikovsky had with the western sonata form. The Romantics were not naturally symphonists because they perceived music as suggestive and biographical. The western sonata form was mainly created by German composers, and was mostly analytical and architectural, implying that they could not effectively deal with the personal emotions, which was the focus of the Romantics. The fourth symphony depicted his human document because of it is autobiographical and dramatic in nature. In the video, emotional urgency of the composer is widely depicted because of the unparalleled melody flow. The performer managed to exhibit superb skills of flutiness, which were almost similar to the authentic performance of the symphony. The integration of emotional urgency and an extremely charged melody played an integral role in precluding musical development because of melody completeness and the fact that the emotional content of the melody was in full blossom. The performer managed to bring out all the emotional content and musical interest that the symphony could bear. All the latent possibilities associated with musical development were depicted in the video including harmonic, melodic and rhythmic contradictions. Despite the structural challenges associated with the composition, the video managed to deliver a superb performance of the piece.

Challenges associated with symphonic hybrid of the composition are apparent in the video. This is because the original composition integrated instrumental colors with mostly orchestral piece embedded with emotions. The outcome of the musical piece was a symphonic piece, which was a combination of mainly architectural nature of the symphony with the mostly poetic nature of the symphony. The hybrid form permitted Tchaikovsky to adopt a structure that comprised of a sequence of self-contained sections characterized by musical contradictions. Despite the violent contrast, the video managed to deliver a consequent drama, creating a perception that the symphony was played in one movement, yet the composition actually has four movements. However, the challenge of inertia was evident in the video because of the changes in musical signature keys yet the music was fundamentally repeating itself. The video was purely a western form of musical architecture, whereas Tchaikovsky symphony 4 is more than that. The original composition is characterized by an indivisible whole since melody, rhythm, tonality and orchestral timbres harmonize each other. For instance, the first movement is characterized by a high rhythmic theme from the brass. The structural orientation of the first movement comprises of complete sequences of rotating thirds that rotate from F towards A-flat, B D, and then back towards F. The Brass theme plays an integral role in defining the stages of the musical structure.

A striking feature of the video is that it used mostly rhythm, orchestral color and musical texture to intensify drama during its performance. In addition, the finale movement of the piece managed to successfully round off the symphonic circle of the performance to achieve a cohesive whole. I liked the piece better after watching the video and found the video helpful in listening outside the piece more. This is because the performance in the video had minimal structural challenges that are inherent in the original composition. The video managed to deliver a stunning performance characterized by a unison of the four movements to appear like they were a single movement. This was a significant strength of the video since it used the musical form of western sonata, and managed to express the emotional content of the piece


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