As a child, I had a fascination with Tchaikovsky. At age three, Fantasia’s music became an auricular staple, mainly Nutcracker Suite and Swan Lake. One of my first performances included Swan Lake’s Neapolitan dance, Later on in life, his lovely first piano concerto. In orchestration class, I studied Tchaikovsky’s uniquely charming orchestral style and color, its flowing tonality dominated by flutes, cellos, carrying strings, and rolling base accompaniment that was both simple yet precisely harmonic in all aspects—just perfect. Definitely not the first life I studied Tchaikovsky, but this time I was in for quite an unexpected surprise.
Recently, I was listening to John Williams' new Star Wars track when suddenly I heard orchestration styles that I immediately recognized—they were without question, Tchaikovsky's. As the music track continued, still, Tchaikovsky’s unique style persisted unceasingly. Thinking it was just pure coincidence, since composers at times “emulate” others, I put the thought aside and went to sleep.
But in the morning, I listened to other John Williams tracks, now that I knew what I was looking for, and … same thing, Tchaikovsky's style dominated not only orchestration but color, tonality, repetition, rolling base, color, and that perfect harmony Tchaikovsky was known for.
Then, a strong feeling came over me and I thought ... John Williams was, Tchaikovsky!
While musical comparisons are numerous between both composers, I encourage the reader to listen to both their works and appreciate their contributions to the evolution of musical expression. Compare the 1812 Overture and John Williams' Olympic Fanfare, but don't stop there! Do enjoy the uplifting power of wordless art! Medicine for the soul.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: May 7, 1840 — November 6, 1893
John Williams: February 8, 1932 — 84 years of age
The following melodies may differ (slightly actually), but listen to their content and the depth of orchestration styles, then compare 🙂
J. Williams: Olympic Fanfare:
P. Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture:
J. Williams: Star Wars:
P. Tchaikovsky: Sugar Plum Fairy:
Submitted by: Roberto on 01/31/2016
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