Sheet Music: December

from The Seasons
Alternate titlesDécembre: Noël
Opus numberOp. 37a, No. 12
ComposerPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA-flat major
Time signature3/4
Tempo69 BPM
Performance time1:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-12-25
Last updated2010-12-25
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Romantic, Waltzes


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Saturday 25 December 2010

Tune of the Day: December (Christmas)

Merry Christmas from!

This is the last piece in Tchaikovsky's musical cycle The Seasons. Composed in 1876, this set of twelve short character pieces for piano used to enjoy enormous popularity.

The twelfth piece, subtitled “Christmas”, is a charming salon waltz, whose music could be right out of Tchaikovsky's ballets. In the first edition of The Seasons the piece is accompanied by a short epigraph by Russian poet Vasily Zhukovsky:

Once upon a Christmas night
The girls were telling fortunes:
Taking their slippers off their feet
And throwing them out of the gate.

The epigraph, however, was chosen by the publisher, not by Tchaikovsky.

Other Movements from the same Work

4.April Flute & Piano
6.June Flute & Piano
12.December Flute solo