Little-Russian Kazachok (Dargomyzhsky)

Tchaikovsky Research

The Little-Russian Kazachok (Малороссийский казачок), was an arrangement for solo piano by Tchaikovsky (TH 174 ; ČW 407) [1] of the orchestral fantasia Kazachok by Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky (1813-1869).

Instrumentation

Scored for solo piano (2 hands).

Movements and Duration

There is one movement: Allegro (C minor)—Andante (C major) (271 bars), lasting around 6 minutes in performance.

History

No information has survived regarding Tchaikovsky's work on this arrangement, which was probably made towards the end of 1866. It may have been carried out at the request of friends — most likely the Shilovskys, who were related to Dargomyzhsky and often visited him [2].

Publication

Tchaikovsky's arrangement was published by Pyotr Jurgenson in December 1866 (plate 334, 11 pages), simultaneously with Dargomyzhsky's full score and arrangement for piano 4 hands [3]. It was included in volume 60 of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works (1971), edited by Georgy Kirkor.

Autographs

The manuscript score of Tchaikovsky's arrangement is now preserved in the Russian National Museum of Music in Moscow (ф. 88, No. 166 [view]).

Recordings

See: Discography

Related Works

Dargomyzhsky's orchestral fantasia Kazachok ('Cossack Dance') was completed in 1864. The change of title to Little-Russian Kazachok in Jurgenson's published edition emphasises the Ukrainian nature of the themes, with "Little Russia" being an old term for the Ukraine (as in Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" symphony).

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Notes and References

  1. Entitled "Little Russian Kazačok" in ČW.
  2. See Музыкальное наследие Чайковского. Из историй его произведений (1958), pp. 494–495.
  3. Advertised in Signale für die Musikalische Welt (Jan 1867), Vol. 25, No. 1, p. 24, and in Adolph Hofmeister, Musikalisch-literrischer Monatsbericht (Jan 1867), p. 21, and (Feb 1867), p. 22.