Bent Birch Trees

Read the Poem:
By Robert Frost

    "There is a traditional Russian folk song that translates as 'In A Field There Stood A Birch Tree'. There are a number of Russian folk song recordings of it. It is often performed on the Balalaika. Tchaikovsky used it as the major theme for the last movement of his 4th Symphony where he created ten variations of the theme ranging from soft and reflective to dramatic."

Bob Marvos, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA

    The music you will hear on the next page is the 4th Movement of Tchaikovsky's 4th Symphony.

Please, first read my OWN meager comments:

    So, who hasn't seen bent birch trees, and wondered just how they got that way? And if you are a boy, haven't you climbed one, and swung back down. A trivial pursuit, to say the least. But then such is life sometimes: a rollercoaster we all have to ride.

Gene, Orange, Massachusetts

NOW, please read the Poem

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