Tchaikovsky Research

Tchaikovsky's Valse-Caprice [1] in D major, for solo piano, Op. 4 (TH 126 ; ČW 103) was written towards the end of 1868 in Moscow.

Movements and Duration

There is one movement: A tempo rubato non troppo mosso (D major, 468 bars), lasting around 10 minutes in performance.


The Valse-Caprice was probably composed in October or November 1868, shortly before the Romance in F minor, Op. 5, since both works were written in the same copy-book.


The first performance was given by Anton Door at a recital in the Hall of the Nobles' Club in Moscow, on 8/20 April 1869.


In December 1868 the composer wrote to Modest Tchaikovsky: "In a few days two of my piano pieces will appear in print" [2]. One of these pieces was the Valse-Caprice, Op. 4, and the other was the Romance in F minor, Op. 5.

In 1946, the Valse-Caprice was included in volume 51Б of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Ivan Shishov.


Tchaikovsky's manuscript score is now preserved in the Russian National Museum of Music in Moscow (ф. 88, No. 106) [view].


See: Discography


The Valse-Caprice is dedicated "à Monsieur Antoine Door" — the virtuoso Austrian pianist Anton Door, who was a colleague of Tchaikovsky's at the Moscow Conservatory,

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Notes and References

  1. On the autograph score the title is Valse. Some editions were published by Jurgenson with the title Valse and the sub-title L'Angoisse.
  2. Letter 124 to Modest Tchaikovsky, mid/late December 1868.