Clarens is a small village in the municipality of Montreux, in the canton of Vaud, in Switzerland.
Tchaikovsky in Clarens
Tchaikovsky stayed at Clarens on three occasions:
|10/22 October 1877||1/13 November 1877||Immediately after the end of his marriage to Antonina Milyukova, he stayed with his brother Anatoly at the Villa Richelieu, and within a week of arriving his state of health had improved sufficiently to allow him to complete the orchestration and piano arrangement of Act I of Yevgeny Onegin.|
|25 February/9 March 1878||5/17 April 1878||Accompanied by his brother Modest, Nikolay Konradi, and Aleksey Sofronov; after initially working on his Twelve Pieces, Op. 40 and the Grand Sonata, the arrival of his violinist friend Iosif Kotek inspired him to begin a Violin Concerto on 5/17 March, and he worked so rapidly that by 30 March/11 April the whole concerto was complete and fully orchestrated.|
|30 December 1878/11 January 1879||4/16 February 1879||This time his stay at the Villa Richelieu was spent almost exclusively working on the opera The Maid of Orleans (except for a day trip to Geneva on 17/29 January).|