Compositions
Pyotr Tchaikovsky

(1840 - 1893)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (anglicised as Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky) was a Russian composer whose works included symphonies, concertos, operas, ballets, and chamber music. Some of these are among the most popular concert and theatrical music in the classical repertoire. He was the first Russian composer whose music made a lasting impression internationally, which he bolstered with appearances as a guest conductor later in his career in Europe and the United States. Although musically precocious, Tchaikovsky was educated for a career as a civil servant. There was scant opportunity for a musical career in Russia at that time and no system of public music education. When an opportunity for such an education arose, he entered the nascent Saint Petersburg Conservatory, from where he graduated in 1865. The formal Western-oriented teaching he received there set him apart from composers of the contemporary nationalist movement embodied by the Russian composers of The Five, with whom his professional relationship was mixed. Tchaikovsky's training set him on a path to reconcile what he had learned with the native musical practices to which he had been exposed from childhood. From this reconciliation, he forged a personal, independent but unmistakably Russian style—a task that did not prove easy.

Composition timpani and percussion requirements

1812 Overture

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
5 percussion
Tubular bells (Eb octave), clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, snare drum, triangle, tambourine, cannon effect
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Capriccio Italien

Timpani + 4 percussion
Tambourine, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, triangle, glockenspiel
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Francesca da Rimini

Timpani + 3 percussion
Tam tam, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum
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Hamlet Overture

Timpani + 3 percussion
Tam tam, clash cymbals, snare drum, orchestral bass drum
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Manfred Symphony

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
5 percussion
Tam tam, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, tambourine, triangle, tubular bells
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Marche Slave

Timpani + 3 percussion
Tam tam, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, snare drum
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Nutcracker Ballet

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
3 percussion
Tambourine, triangle, castanets, glockenspiel, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals
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Romeo and Juliet Overture

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
2 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals
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Sleeping Beauty Suite

Timpani + 3 percussion
Glockenspiel, tam tam, orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, snare drum
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Suite No 3 in G Op.55

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
3 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, triangle
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Swan Lake Suite

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
3 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, triangle
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Symphony No 1

Timpani + 2 percussion
Clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum
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Symphony No 2

Timpani + 2 percussion
Tam tam, clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum
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Symphony No 4

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
3 percussion
Orchestral bass drum, clash cymbals, triangle
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Symphony No 5

Timpani + No percussion
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
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Symphony No 6

Timpani
Int'l 32/29/26 Prem 32/30/28
2 percussion
Clash cymbals, orchestral bass drum, tam tam
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