Nature and Love

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

Instrumentation

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

Duration

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

Text

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

Composition

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

Performances

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].

Publication

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).

Autograph

Tchaikovsky's autograph score has been lost.

Recordings

See: Nature and Love: Recordings

Dedication

The trio was dedicated to Berta Valzek.

External Links

Notes and References

  1. See Modest Tchaikovsky, 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.