The Romans at the Coliseum
(Римляне в колизее)
Musical picture for orchestra (1863/64).
Probably an orchestral piece composed during Tchaikovsky's studies at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Mentioned by Herman Laroche in letters of 11/23 January and 27 January/8 February 1866 to the composer , as one of Tchaikovsky's early works which had been "judged particularly harshly on account of their brassy orchestration" .
The Tchaikovsky Handbook, vol. 1 (2002), p. 348
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