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Music Music July 27, 2004
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Peter Illyitch Tchaikovsky
Symphony no. 4
1878

I saw this symphony last year and was duly impressed with the fourth movement and its overwhelming energy. However, it wasn't until I watched a recent broadcast of Great Performances that I began to appreciate the entire piece. A few weeks later, I spotted a recommendation from Alex Ross, pointing the way to PBS's multimedia presentation of the symphony. He describes the experience wonderfully: "...the true audience is that vast population of otherwise well-informed people for whom the rituals and codes of classical music are a closed book. This site, more than anything I've seen, opens it all up." Well, as a member of that true audience, I can fully attest to Ross's assessment. The page-by-page view of the musical score is a feature I would desperately love to have whenever I listen to classical music.


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