Allegro in C minor
The Allegro in C minor, for piano and string sextet (TH 159 ; ČW 327), 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, cello, double bass, and piano .
Movements and Duration
There is one movement: Allegro (C minor, 43 bars), lasting around 2 to 3 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.
Notes and References
- Although the manuscript clearly indicates the string parts are written for solo instruments, the work is often performed for piano with string orchestra.