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Allegro agitato in Tchaikovsky's ballets

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Tchaikovsky composed three ballets.

In each piece there is "Allegro agitato" .

  • Swan Lake...4th act #28 ( in E flat minor )
  • Sleeping Beauty...2nd act #16 and #20 ( in E flat major )
  • Nutcracker...2nd act #11 ( in C major but in latter half actually in E flat major )

Tchaikovsky used "E flat" as the tonic in all the "Allegro agitato" he composed in ballets.

How do you think?

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Kamomeno Iwao
24/12/2011 13:51


I think it's just a coincidence, for the "Allegro agitato" in the final scene (No. 29) of Swan Lake is not in E-flat minor.

Bryan Chahla
06/02/2012 14:48


Mr. Bryan Chahla

Thank you for your kind comments and suggestions.

"Allegro agitato" after "Andante" in E major in the final scene (No. 29) of Swan Lake is A minor, no key signature as same as "Moderato" after "Andante con moto" in E major, and next "Allegro agitato" in the No.11 of Nutcracker; and "Allegro agitato" (No. 20) after "Andante misterioso" (No. 19) of no key signature in Sleeping Beauty.

A minor is the special key for E-flat minor.

They oppose each other in "circle of fifths".

I suppose that Tchaikovsky put "Allegro agitato" opposing after "andante", and intended to be a simbol of an aura for an end, a conclusion or a solution.

"That's too coincidental to be a coincidence." by Yogi Berra, an former "Major" League Baseball player.

Best regards,

Kamomeno Iwao
07/02/2012 13:45

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