Finale from 'Symphony No. 2'


Finale from 'Symphony No. 2'


Tchaikovsky ; Ragsdale, C.

Item Code:
Aux Arcs Music

"A Little Russian"

Finale from 'Symphony No. 2 (“The Little Russian”), edited and transcribed for band by Chalon Ragsdale, is a Grade 6 selection, well-suited for the accomplished collegiate wind band.

Program Notes

Pyotry Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) composed his "Symphony No. 2 in C Mino3, Op. 17" in 1842. Though praised by critics and audiences alike, Tchaikovsky returned to the Symphony in 1880, substantially revising it. It is that 1880 revision that is the most performed, and forms the basis of this arrangement.

After a brief, expansive fanfare, Tchaikovsky quotes a Russian folk song, "The Crane," subjecting it to a number of intricate and colorful variations. A lyric theme of Tchaikovsky's invention provides interludes in that movement, which ends in a joyous rush of crescendo and acceleration.

Tchaikovsky wrote much of the Symphony during a summer holiday at the home of his sister Aleksandra's family, the Davydovs. He wrote (in jest) that true credit for the FInale should have gone "to the real composer of the work – Pter Gerasimovich." Gerasimovich, the elderly butler of the household, sang the folk song "The Crane" to Tchaikovsky while the composer was working on the symphony.

(notes from David Brown, "Tchaikovsky: The Man and His Music" and Daniel Zhitomirsky [ed. Shostakovich], "Russian Symphony: Thoughts About Tchaikovsky")

Grade Level: 6
Copyright: 2009
Number of Players: Standard
Duration: 10:00

Listen to Recordings


Solo Flute 1 & 2 (2)
Flute 1/2 (4)
Oboe 1/2 (2)
Bassoon 1/2 (2)
B-flat Solo Clarinet 1 & 2 (2)
B-flat Clarinet 1, 2 & 3 (3 each)
B-flat Bass Clarinet (2)
B-flat Contra-Bass Clarinet (1)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (1)
E-flat Alto Saxophone 1/2 (2)
B-flat Tenor Saxophone (1)
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (1)

B-flat Cornet 1, 2, 3 & 4 (2 each)
F Horn 1, 2, 3 & 4 (1 each)
Trombone 1, 2 & 3 (1 each)
Euphonium (2)
T.C. Baritone (1)
Tuba (3)
Double Bass (1)

Timpani (1)
Cymbals (1)
Bass Drum (1)
Vibraphone & Xylophone (1)
Marimba 1A (1)
Marimba 1B (1)
Marimba 2A & Orchestra Bells (1)
Marimba 2B & Chimes (1)