Andante ma non troppo in A major

Tchaikovsky Research

The Andante ma non troppo in A major, for small orchestra (TH 164 ; ČW 329), 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 A), 2 bassoons + 4 horns (in A, E) + violins I, violins II, violas, cellos, and double basses.

Movements and Duration

There is one movement: Andante ma non troppo (A major, 217 bars), lasting around 7 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 includes the Adagio in C major) is now preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a1, No. 130).


See: Discography

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