Symphonic Studies (Schumann)
Scored for piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (in A), 2 bassoons + 4 horns (in A, D), 2 trumpets (in D), alto trombone, tenor trombone, bass trombone + 2 timpani + violins I, violins II, violas, cellos, and double basses.
Movements and Duration
- Adagio (A minor, 20 bars).
- Allegro brillante (D major, 190 bars).
Together the two movements last around 8 minutes in performance.
The arrangement was made in 1863 or 1864 during Tchaikovsky's years at the [[Saint Petersburg] Conservatory, evidently as a student assignment set by Anton Rubinstein.
Notes on the manuscript score suggest that the work may have been performed by a student orchestra at the conservatory shortly after its completion
The arrangement was published for the first time in 1967 in volume 58 of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Irina Iordan.
The Études symphoniques for piano by Robert Schumann (1810–1856) were written in the period 1834–37, and revised in 1852 as Études en forme de variations. Tchaikovsky orchestrated Etudes XI (Con espressione, B major) and XII (Allegro brillante, D-flat major) from the original version (corresponding to the ninth variation and finale from the revised edition).