Symphony No. 1 ‘Winter Dreams’ by Tchaikovsky
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14. Symphony No. 1 ‘Winter Dreams’ by Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky wrote three versions of his first symphony before he was satisfied. Unlike the titles of his second and third symphonies – the ‘Little Russian’ and ‘Polish’ – the title ‘Winter Dreams’ was dreamed up by the composer himself. The first movement also carries the subtitle ‘Dreams of a Winter Journey’ and the second is called ‘Desolate Land, Land of Mists’.