The Andante funebre in E-flat minor (TH 114 ; ČW 347) is an arrangement for violin and piano by Tchaikovsky of the third movement of his own String Quartet No. 3, made in December 1876 at the request of Nadezhda von Meck.
Scored for solo violin with piano accompaniment.
Movements and Duration
There is one movement — Andante funebre e doloroso, ma con moto (E-flat minor, 133 bars) — lasting around 10 to 15 minutes in performance.
This arrangement of the Andante funebre, together with a similar arrangement of the piano piece Humoresque from the Two Pieces, Op. 10, was made in Moscow by 18/30 December 1876 .
No information survives concerning early performances of the Andante funebre.
The Andante funebre was first published by Jurgenson in Moscow in January 1877. It was included in volume 55А of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works (1946), edited by Ivan Shishov and Nikolay Shemanin.
The whereabouts of Tchaikovsky's manuscript score are unknown.
- See: Discography
- See String Quartet No. 3.
- Download the score of String Quartet No.3, Op.30 at the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP)
Notes and References
- ↑ See letter from Nadezhda von Meck to Tchaikovsky, 18/30 December 1876.