Free Piano Sheet Music – The Seasons – May – Tchaikovsky

Free Piano Sheet Music – The Seasons – May – Tchaikovsky

Play The Piano Sonata To Evoke May Evenings In Russia


Before Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky became the renown Russian composer, he had to accept contracted work while doing the concertos which made him famous all over the world. One such time was when the Nouvelliste (a St. Petersburg periodical) editor N.M. Bernard commissioned him to create 12 vignette sonatas to be published for each month of the year. Written around1875, these were accompanied by an existing verse from poetry. The poetry components were applied by N.M. Bernard. The concept of the collection dubbed “The Seasons:12 characteristic scenes” was for Tchaikovsky to create the sonatas as a calendar snapshot which he’d each title subtly (apart from the month). “I continue to bake musical pancakes”, Tchaikovsky said in jest to a friend who was curious about the cycle of bursts of composing and submitting that Tchaikovsky was busy with. The original sheet music, limited to months 1 to 3 and months 5 to 12 are stowed in Moscow’s Glinka National Consortium of Musical Culture. They are open for Tchaikovsky music students to refer to these pieces.


Aside from matching each composition with Russian monthly moods, Tchaikovsky had words to match his music too. His “May” (or “White Nights of May”) encapsulates ecstatic nights in St. Petersburg. It is characterized by an offhand flow. It begins sweetly-- delicately played with a light and tenderly touch--then playfully shifts to staccato. A few lingering moments when a note is held in a sustained, longer manner signifies a poignant pause, perhaps denoting restful stops during a leisurely walk at night. It’s recommended to be played throughout with expressive tempo rubato, sometimes slowing down, and sometimes becoming faster in the next passage. The “White Nights of May” then evokes the restfulness of retiring and calling it a day, via its decrescendo ending.


Tchaikovsky rose to become one of Russia’s treasures and the world’s “modern music lord” (he accepted an honorary doctorate at Cambridge University).

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