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Although not called for in the score, a bass clarinet is commonly employed to replace the solo bassoon for the four notes immediately preceding the Allegro vivo section of the first movement,    which originates from Austrian conductor Hans Richter. The first movement, in sonata formfrequently alternates speed, mood, and key, with the main key being B minor. It opens quietly with a low bassoon melody in E minor.
Violas appear with the first theme of the Allegro in B minor, a faster variant of the slow opening melody. This eventually leads to the lyrical secondary theme in D major.
The energetic development section begins abruptly, with an outburst from the orchestra. It runs seamlessly into the fortissimo recapitulation, whose atmosphere is completely different from its rather hesitant equivalent at the beginning of the exposition, though Tchaikovsky soon goes into something more nightmarish which culminates in a refrain supported by brass and timpani.
The movement concludes shortly after the recapitulation of the second subject shown above, this time in the tonic major B major with a coda which is also in B major, finally ending very quietly.
The second movement, a dance movement in ternary formis in 5 4 time. It has been described as a "limping" waltz. A graceful coda leads to a quiet ending. The third movement is in a compound meter 12 8 and 4 4 and in sonatina form. It begins with strings in a fast, exciting motif playing semiquavers against a woodwind 4 4 meter. It leads to the E major secondary theme in the exposition beginning with clarinet solo with string accompaniment.
Between the exposition and the recapitulation, there is no development section - only 2 bars of retransition. The opening theme reappears, now the first theme in the recapitulation, which later leads to the secondary theme but this time in G major and Adagio Lamentoso.
The movement ends with a coda triumphantly, almost Adagio Lamentoso a deceptive finale. It is probably no coincidence that the movement, with its stormy character through restless strings, wind-like whistling woodwinds and thundering brass instruments, is reminiscent of the finale from Joachim Raff's Symphony No. Back in B minor, the finale is a slow movement in ternary form.
Beginning instantly the opening "A" theme, melody on the first and second violins appears frequently through the movement. The theme is a "composite melody"; neither the first nor second violins actually play the theme that is heard.
A calmer D-major segment the "B" subject builds into a full orchestral palette with brass and percussion, leading into the restatement of the opening Adagio Lamentoso first subject, "A" theme. Next, a somber funeral—like chorale is heard with the trombones and the tuba. The following coda, based on the second subject, is rather melancholic and mournful, because this time the key is in B minor instead of D major.
The melody is then repeated with lower notes on cellos, basses, and bassoon and finally ending quietly again in B minor and in total tragedy, as if the fade out occurs. Among Tchaikovsky's symphonies, this is the only one that ends in a minor key.
Tchaikovsky critic Richard Taruskin writes:. Suicide theories were much stimulated by the Sixth Symphony, which was first performed under the composer's baton only nine days before his demise, with its lugubrious finale ending morendo'dying away'its brief but conspicuous allusion to the Orthodox requiem liturgy in the first movement and above all its easily misread subtitle.
When the symphony was done again a couple of weeks later, in memoriam and with subtitle in place, everyone listened hard for portents, and that is how the symphony became a transparent suicide note. Depression was the first diagnosis. Yet critic David Brown describes the idea of the Sixth Symphony as some sort of suicide note as "patent nonsense".
It has been claimed  that Soviet orchestras, faced with the problem of an enormously popular yet profoundly pessimistic piece, switched the order of the last two movements in order to bring the work to a triumphant conclusion in line with the principles of Socialist realism. This goes back to the first performance of the work, when fellow composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov asked Tchaikovsky whether there was a program to the new symphony, and Tchaikovsky asserted that there was, Adagio Lamentoso, but would not divulge it.
A suggested program has been what Taruskin disparagingly termed "symphony as suicide note.
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