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Tchaikovsky, String Quartet in D Major, Op. 11

April 1st, 2007

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893

String Quartet in D Major, Op. 11, 1871

Peter TchaikovskyTchaikovsky is essentially a composer best known for large musical forces and grand dramatic gestures: orchestral music, opera and ballet. He had no strong personal affinity for chamber music though his output was not negligible: three string quartets, a piano trio, a string sextet and miscellaneous works for violin and piano. Despite many wonderful moments, his chamber music as a whole is not held in high esteem by many of the cognoscenti for various reasons: weakness of form, unbalanced texture, inconsistency, and tendency to exceed the constraints of chamber music with grand, dramatic gestures best designed for large musical forces. « more »

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