Allegro vivace in B-flat major

Tchaikovsky Research

The Allegro vivace in B-flat major, for string quartet (TH 154 ; ČW 325), 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: Allegro vivace (B-flat major, 74 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 Adagio molto in E-flat major and Allegro in C minor) is now preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a1, No. 129).


See: Discography