Tchaikovsky Research : Georgy Tchaikovsky (b. 1883)
I just stumbled across your site, and I am hoping a reader can help
with something that has bedeviled me for decades.
It's the music at the beginning of each installment of the 1977 BBC TV
adaptation of Anna Karenina, the one with Nicola Pagett in the title role.
The music at the end of each episode is clearly from Peter Ilyich's
Manfred. But what is that orchestral fanfare at the beginning? I can't
even swear it's Tchaikovsky, though it sounds like him to me. Not from any
symphony or suite or concerto. You can hear it right at the beginning of
That is, right after the snippet from Rite of Spring, which I don't
recall from watching it on TV back then. The mystery music starts at the
24-second mark. Sounds like the beginning of an overture or symphonic
poem. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I don't think the fanfare is actuallty by Tchaikovsky, but maybe
another reader can identify the real composer?
I think it may be “Finnish Fantasy” by Alexander Glazunov.
Yes, it’s definitely Glazunov’s Finnish Fantasy Op.88, conducted by