Valse-Scherzo, Op. 7

The Valse-Scherzo [1] in A major for solo piano, Op. 7 (TH 129 ; ČW 105), was written at the beginning of 1870 in Moscow. It should not to be confused with the later Valse-Scherzo in the same key, dating from 1889.

Movements and Duration

There is one movement (A major, 306 bars), without a tempo marking. A complete performance lasts around 4 to 5 minutes.

Composition

The only information concerning the composition of this work is found in a letter of 5/18 February 1870 from Tchaikovsky to his sister Aleksandra Davydova: "This past winter I have been quite busy as a composer. Three days ago I sent two piano pieces to be printed [2], one of which is dedicated to you. As soon as it comes out, I shall send you a copy straight away" [3].

Publication

The Valse-Scherzo was published by Pyotr Jurgenson in April 1870. In 1946 it was included in volume 51Б of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Ivan Shishov.

Autographs

Tchaikovsky's manuscript score is now preserved in the Russian National Museum of Music in Moscow (ф. 88, No. 107) [view].

Recordings

See: Valse-Scherzo, Op. 7: Recordings

Dedications

The work is dedicated to the composer's younger sister, Aleksandra Davydova.

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Notes and References

  1. The original title on the autograph score was Valse, subsequently altered to Valse-Scherzo by Pyotr Jurgenson.
  2. The second piece was the Capriccio, Op. 8.
  3. Letter 179 to Aleksandra Davydova, 5/17 February 1870.