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Humoresque, Op 10 No 2

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One wonders if this piece stirred in Stravinsky’s memory as he was writing his ballet Petrushka: a plaintive, angular motif is set alongside a joyful and simple-hearted dance of the sort played on the accordion by street musicians in every Russian city—the aristocratic Tchaikovsky had a keen ear for street music. Here, he draws much humour from the two repeated notes in a middle voice. The contrasting middle section is loosely based on a French folk song 'La fille aux oranges', which Tchaikovsky heard in Nice just before he started to write the piece.

from notes by Marina Frolova-Walker © 2019

Recordings

Stephen Hough's New Piano Album
CDA67043
Tchaikovsky: Solo piano works
Studio Master: SIGCD594Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

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