Nature and Love

Tchaikovsky Research

The trio Nature and Love (Природа и любовь) (TH 72; ČW 311) was written by Tchaikovsky in December 1870.


The trio is scored for 2 soprano and alto soloists, and female chorus (SSA), with piano accompaniment.


There is one movement: Andante (G-flat major, 263 bars), lasting approximately 6 minutes in performance.


The text is presumed to have been written by the composer himself.


Nature and Love was written in December 1870 for students of Professor Berta Valzek's singing class at the Moscow Conservatory [1].


Nature and Love seems to have been performed for the first time early in 1871 at a concert given by students of Berta Valzek, and repeated at a concert of Tchaikovsky's works in the Nobles' Club in Moscow on 16/28 March 1871 [2].


The score was published by Pyotr Jurgenson in October 1894 [3]. It was included in volume 43 of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Ivan Shishov and Nikolay Shemanin (1941).


Tchaikovsky's autograph score has been lost.


See: Discography


The trio was dedicated to Berta Valzek.

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Notes and References

  1. See Жизнь Петра Ильича Чайковского, том 3 (1902), pp. 366, 369.
  2. See Nikolay Kashkin, Воспоминания о П. И. Чайковском (1896), p. 90. It is possible that an earlier performance may have been given by the same student choir — see Музыкальное наследие Чайковского. Из историй его произведений (1958), p. 477.
  3. Passed by the censor on 12/24 March 1894.