Breakfast Jams: A Crane and a Composer


Tchaikovsky was a Russian composer born in 1840. When Tchaikovsky was alive, composers loved to take old songs from their countries and turn them into big orchestral pieces. 

The song we'll listen to this morning is one of those pieces. 

The song is called The Crane and it's a very old Russian folk song. Tchaikovsky took this simple melody and turned it into a HUGE piece that is: 

  • Wildly energetic

  • Grand

  • Playful

  • Dramatic

  • Dynamic

Step One: Singing the Song

Let's learn the original folk song Tchaikovsky used first. 

Here is the audio and the sheet music.

Sing along!

Step Two: Let's Listen

Listen to the finale of Little Russian Symphony by Tchaikovsky. 

Can you find the melody to The Crane hidden in all the instruments?

Let's Listen!