Welcome to Francis Academic Press

Frontiers in Art Research, 2022, 4(12); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2022.041208.

Analyzing the Technical Characteristics and Style Interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Dumka


Nuo Han

Corresponding Author:
Nuo Han

Faculty of Education, Monash University, Beijing, China


Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky is recognised worldwide as the greatest Russian composer in the history of modern music. Tchaikovsky is known for his realistic approach to composition, combining realistic themes with poetic music and combining folk music with romantic music, forming his own distinctive musical style. Among his many piano works, Dumka, which belongs to the later stages of composition, tends to be profoundly tragic and is a piano piece with a strong Russian national flavour, Tchaikovsky's contradictory psychological character being reflected in the slow and sad mood of the work and in the fast and passionate dance scenes. The composition of "Dumka" basically follows the musical structure of the classical Russian folk song in three parts. Tchaikovsky made it the title music while also using a large number of rhythmic patterns from Russian folk dance music, reflecting his love for his country and his people. This paper will discuss the work through an analysis of its technical features and stylistic interpretation.


Tchaikovsky, Dumka, Technical features, Stylistic interpretation

Cite This Paper

Nuo Han. Analyzing the Technical Characteristics and Style Interpretation of Tchaikovsky's Dumka. Frontiers in Art Research (2022) Vol. 4, Issue 12: 37-41. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2022.041208.


[1] Maes, F.(2006) A history of Russian music. Berkeley: University of California Press.

[2] Tchaikovsky, A.(1940) Recollections of Tchaikovsky. Music and Letters. 2,103-109.

[3] Wright, C. (2006) Music in western civilization. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Schirmer.

[4] Hoffmann.(1957) A Word for Young Pianist. Music Translation. 4.