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The Winter Daydreams of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Snow covered landscape.
In the opening movement of Tchaikovsky's First Symphony you can hear a musical depiction of the vast, expansive Russian countryside in winter.
12:36PM
April
14, 2011

What kind of musical thoughts were going through the mind of great Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in the spring of 1866 when he first began composing his First Symphony?