Wednesday Music: Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 In E Minor

I confess I almost didn’t write a post for Wednesday Music this week, dear readers. I couldn’t think of a piece to feature, which is silly because there’s a lot of classical music out there.

Then, I remembered something I listened to last night. I don’t think I’ve featured it here before, so this week’s piece is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64. Here’s a bit about it.

  • Tchaikovsky composed this piece in 1888 and it premiered in St. Petersburg. It is written in four movements, as are many symphonies.
  • This symphony has a recurring main theme that is heard in all four movements. Another of Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, the Manfred Symphony, also has this feature.
  • Those familiar with Tchaikovsky’s work may recognize this piece as the one with that horn solo in the second movement. This horn solo is quite famous—I’ve actually played a violin version of it for an orchestra audition years ago. In the video I’ve posted below, this solo is a little bit before 16:00, if I’m not mistaken.


Or click here to listen on YouTube.