Allegro vivo in C minor

Tchaikovsky Research

The Allegro vivo in C minor, for orchestra (TH 165 ; ČW 332), 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 B-flat), 2 bassoons + 2 horns (in C), 2 trumpets (in E-flat) + violins I, violins II, violas, cellos, and double basses.

Movements and Duration

There is one movement: Allegro vivo (C minor, 172 bars), lasting around 5 to 6 minutes in performance.

To hear a virtual performance of the piece see "First Thoughts".


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 is now preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a1, No. 131).


See: Discography