Anastasie-valse

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The Anastasie-valse in F major (TH 119 ; ČW 95), for solo piano, is Tchaikovsky's earliest surviving work, written while he was on holiday with his family at Oranienbaum in August 1854.

Movements and Duration

There is one movement — Moderato (F major, 139 bars) — lasting approximately 3 minutes in performance.

Composition

On the title page of the copy book containing the waltz Tchakovsky wrote: "Anastasie-valse composée et dedié á mademoiselle Anastasie Petroff par Pierre Tschaikovsky. Elêve de l'école Imperiale des Droit, Le 15 Aôut, le jour de son départ d'Oranienbaum pour St.-Petersbourg" ("Anastasie-valse composed and dedicated to miss Anastasiya Petrova by Peter Tchaikovsky. Student at the Imperial School of Jurisprudeence, 15th August, the day he left Oranienbaum for Saint Petersburg").

Publication

The waltz is only known through a facsimile of the autograph published in the newspaper The Day (День) in 1913 [1]. It was not included in the Complete Collected Works, but a transcription based on the newspaper publication was published by Muzgiz in 1962 [2].

Autographs

According to the 1913 article published in The Day the manuscript of the waltz belonged to Anastasiya Petrova, who gave it to her pupil, N. P. Alferova. The autograph remained in the Alferov family, who granted permission for its publication. The present whereabouts of the manuscript are unknown.

Dedication

The Valse is dedicated to Anastasiya Petrovna Petrova—governess of the Tchaikovsky children.

Recordings

See: Anastasie-valse: Recordings

Notes and References

  1. See P. Zaytsev, Юношеское произведение П. И. Чайковского [A youthful work by P. I. Tchaikovsky] in the section Неопубликованные материалы [Unpublished materials] of the supplement Литература, искусство, науча [Literature, Art, Science] to the newspaper День [The Day], 21 October 1913 [O.S.].
  2. See Первое сочинение П. И. Чайковского (1962), p. 587–591.