FRIDAY, October 25, 2019
Tchaikovksy hated this. It’s hard to believe, but he felt like it kept people from hearing things he was proud of, and in fact it is often true that composers come to loathe the things the public loves the most. But to be fair it was probably not well played within his lifetime. He did not include any choral music in his own work, but this version, with chorus, I think is pretty amazing.
Popular for 137 years…
At at any rate, the public always has the last word, and this piece has been amazingly popular from the time it was first played, much to the dislike of Tchaikovsky – who nevertheless enjoyed the money it made for him.