Andante ma non troppo in E minor

Tchaikovsky Research

The Andante ma non troppo in E minor, for string quintet (TH 157 ; ČW 335), 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, cello and double bass.

Movements and Duration

There is one movement: Andante ma non troppo (E minor, 43 bars), lasting around 3 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 is now preserved in the Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve at Klin (a1, No. 127) [1].


See: Discography

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Notes and References

  1. On the first page of the manuscript is a note by Modest Tchaikovsky: "Exercise (prelude) for bowed quintet".