Like any important body of knowledge, music needs to be organised, archived and categorised for easy reference. While subjects in an encyclopaedia are organised in alphabetical order, works of music are arranged in numerical order. However, the process of numerical ordering has undergone several changes over the years, with certain imperfections and areas of complication smoothed out.
Tchaikovsky's opus numbers were generally allocated by his publishers, and they do not always reflect the chronology of composition. Those from Op. Not logged in Log in. Tchaikovsky Research. Wiki tools Special pages Cite this page. Page tools. Userpage tools. Categories Works. Namespaces Page Discussion. Page actions View View source History More.
Try to Download directly. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume. You've probably seen the humble opus number on sheet music and programs, but what actually are they? Russell Torrance explains. An opus number is the work number assigned for a composition, or a set of compositions, in the approximate order in which a composer wrote something. Opus numbers can help us to understand if music was composed early or late in a composer's career, and help to identify classical music that has very general titles. But the problem is that he wrote not one, but two piano trios in E flat, 14 years apart. Opus numbers help us to identify which is which. Mozart's music doesn't use opus numbers, though. The Marriage of Figaro is K
Opus or the shortened form op. It is followed by a number. Giving pieces of music opus numbers helps us to identify which piece of music from a certain composer that composition is. For example: Beethoven wrote lots of piano sonatas. His first Piano sonata in A flat major has the opus number of op. This shows that he wrote this sonata when he was young in his composing career. Many years later, he wrote another piano sonata which is also in A flat major, and this piece one has the opus number of op. Until around the end of the 18th century , opus numbers were only given to pieces of music which were published. Some musicologists people who study and write about music have studied all the works by a famous composer and have given them a catalogue number. Some of them are long operas , others are tiny little pieces for the piano he might have written in a hurry one day.