Agitato and Allegro in E minor

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The Agitato and Allegro in E major, for small orchestra (TH 163 ; ČW 331), was written in 1863 or 1864 as an exercise while Tchaikovsky was a student in Anton Rubinstein's composition classes at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.


Scored for 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (in A), 2 bassoons + violins I, violins II, violas, cellos, and double basses [1].

Movements and Duration

There is one movement: Agitato—Allegro (E minor, 135 bars), lasting around 5 minutes in performance.


The work was published for the first time in 1967 in volume 58 of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Irina Iordan.

See also online resources below.


Tchaikovsky's manuscript score (which includes the Adagio in F major is now preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive (a1, No. 125).


See: Agitato and Allegro in E minor: Recordings

Related Works

The second theme of the Allegro (from bar 39) was adapted by Tchaikovsky for the finale of his Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor (1865).[2].

Online Resources

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Notes and References

  1. The names of the instruments are not specified in the manuscript score.
  2. We are most grateful to Mr Simone Mantelli for bringing this to our attention.