Alongside the famous violin concerto, numerous other violin works by Tchaikovsky have found their way into the standard repertoire for violin. An outstanding example is the Valse-Scherzo, which sparkles with witty playfulness. He composed it in 1877 for the violinist Josef Kotek, a close friend and student. Our editor, the Russian Tchaikovsky scholar Alexander Komarov, has ensured that this Henle Urtext edition is absolutely faithful to the sources. He was able to consult all of the sources in the Russian archives and to bring clarity to the work’s complex genesis. This edition is the prelude to an edition of all of Tchaikovsky’s works for violin and piano, including the Sérénade mélancolique op. 26 and Souvenir d’un lieu cher op. 42.
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Peter I. Tchaikovsky (1840 – 93) composed the Valse-Scherzo op. 34 for violin and piano at the beginning of 1877 for the violinist Iosif I. Kotek (1855 – 85), his friend and former pupil at the Moscow Conservatory, to whom he also dedicated the piece. Very faulty information about the genesis of the ValseScherzo has repeatedly appeared in the literature to … more
About the composer
Peter Iljitsch Tschaikowsky
Most important and first professionally trained Russian composer of the nineteenth century; main works include operas, ballet music, six symphonies, three piano concerti, and one violin concerto, as well as songs, chamber music, and piano music.
|1840||Born in Votkinsk on May 7, the son of a mining engineer.|
|1849–59||Educated as an attorney.|
|1861–65||Study of music; he numbers among the first graduates of the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Piano studies with Anton Rubinstein.|
|1866–76||He relocates to Moscow to teach harmony, instrumentation, and free composition at what later became the Moscow Conservatory. Composition of Symphonies No. 1 through 3 (Opp. 13, 17, 29), the Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23, the three string quartets (Op. 11 in 1871, Op. 22 in 1874, Op. 90 in 1876).|
|1868–76||Active as a reviewer. He attends the premiere in Bayreuth of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” in 1876.|
|from 1877||Travels at home and abroad. Beginning of patronage from Nadezhda von Meck. Composition of the Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36, premiered in Moscow in 1878. Premiere of the ballet “Swan Lake,” Op. 20.|
|1879||Premiere in Moscow of “Eugene Onegin,” his best-known and most important opera.|
|1884||Premiere in Moscow of “Mazeppa.”|
|from 1887||Regular performances as conductor of his and others’ work. He is regarded abroad as the most important exponent of Russian music|
|from 1888||Granted an annuity for life by the Tsar.|
|1888||Composition and premiere in St. Petersburg of the Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64; fate motive appears as a kind of “idée fixe.”|
|1892||Premiere of the ballet “The Nutcracker,” Op. 71.|
|1893||Composition of the Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathétique”), Op. 74, which is premiered in St. Petersburg in October that year.|
|1893||Death from cholera in St. Petersburg on November 6.|
About the authors
Komarov e la Henle Verlag hanno il merito di riproporre la versione integrale ed originale di quest'opera così popolare.
Detailed comments on the sources and a fulsome preface by editor Alexander Komarov are complemented by a pristine violin part and a second fingered and bowed by Ingolf Turban. (...) it is a bonus to have the complete version of this dazzling violinist's showpiece.