Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17 was composed in 1872. One of Tchaikovsky's joyful compositions, it was successful right from its premiere and also won the favor of the group of nationalistic Russian composers known as "The Five", led by Mily Balakirev. Because Tchaikovsky used three Ukrainian folk songs to great effect in this work, it was nicknamed the "Little Russian" (Russian: Малороссийская, Malorossiyskaya) by Nikolay Kashkin, a friend of the composer as well as a well-known musical critic of Moscow. Ukraine was at that time frequently called "Little Russia".

Date of composition 1872 (Revised in 1879-1880)
Premiered 1873, February 7th in Russia, Moscow
Type Symphony
Tonality C Minor
Catalogue Op. 17
Approx. duration 40 minutes
Instruments Orchestra
In listings Famous Works
Autotranslations beta Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski: Symphonie n°2 en do mineur, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij: Sinfonia n. 2 in do minore, Op. 17 "Little Russian"
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski: Sinfonie Nr. 2 c-moll, Op. 17 "Little Russian"