Allegretto in E major

Tchaikovsky Research

The Allegretto in E major, for string quartet (TH 153 ; ČW 333), 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 violins, viola and cello.

Movements and Duration

There is one movement: Allegretto (E major, 40 bars), lasting around 2 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.


Tchaikovsky's manuscript score (which also includes the Allegro ma non tanto in G major) is now preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a1, No. 128).


See: Discography