Program Notes for Marche Slav
Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikowsky
Arranger: E. Fall
Pyotr Il’yich Tschaikowsky died in 1890 at the age of 53, perhaps the greatest romantic composer who ever lived.
He wrote Marche Slav in 1877, combining themes from Slavonic and Serbian folk songs with the Russian national anthem. It was premiered at a concert given for the benefit of soldiers wounded in the war between Turkey and Serbia, which later was known as the Russo-Turkish war.
This piece contains all of the fire and excitement of Tschaikowsky’s tempestuous personality. Ladies and Gentlemen, Tschaikowsky’s Marche Slav.