Serenade for Strings in C major Op.48
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

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1st of Tchaikovsky's 12 entries.

At the very time that Tchaikovsky was composing his nationalistic, powerful and undeniably noisy 1812 Overture, he was also writing this: the graceful, poised and rather sedate Serenade for Strings. While both pieces are undeniably 'Tchaikovsky' in style, the 1812 Overture has become known for its bombastic closing section, complete with its unusual addition to the orchestra: cannons. It is now considered one of the late Romantic era's definitive compositions. Tchaikovsky based the sonatina-style first movement on Mozart while the second movement, a Valse, has become a popular piece in its own right.