Tchaikovsky's Trepak Vs Violin Concerto 3rd Mov.

February 8, 2020, 6:04 PM · So, have you noticed the similarity between these two pieces, both from Tchaikovsky? It seems like they are inspired by the same thing, which, in Trepak it's a russian folk dance, but idk in the VC.
So, what are your opinions about it?

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Edited: February 8, 2020, 7:17 PM · It's not unusual for composers to use, or adapt, folk dance tunes. For example, the opening of the 3rd movement of Haydn's D major cello concerto sounds remarkably like an old dance English dance tune "Here we go gathering nuts in May". I'd say that the greater majority of composers have at some time or other found inspiration in folk music.
February 9, 2020, 6:11 PM · It's not that unusual for composers to recycle their ideas either. My guess is that sometimes it's subliminal.
February 10, 2020, 10:47 AM · Tchaikovsky very frequently invoked folk tunes and folk dances in his compositions and tried to use them in a way that they could be blended into his classical "composer" training for conservatory.

That being said, keep in mind that during Tchaikovsky's lifetime (and the lifetime of other Russian composers who liked to quote folk music like Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, Mussorgsky etc...), "Russia" was the "Russian Empire", and their folk tunes and dances will also have big influence from what we consider today nations (specifically nations as opposed to states) like Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Poland, as well as central Asian influences from what is today Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan etc...


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