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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s close friend Nikolay Rubinstein asked him to compose a piece for a concert benefiting the victims of this tragedy and the soldiers fighting in the war. In a burst of patriotism, Tchaikovsky composed and orchestrated the Marche Slave, known at first as the “Serbo-Russian March”, in only five days. The work premiered in Moscow on November 17, 1876, and the Russian people received it with much praise and applause.
Tchaikovsky used two Serbian folk songs (one is Come, my dearest, why so sad this morning?) as the basis for the melodies of the piece.
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