Little-Russian Kazachok (Dargomyzhsky)
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.
No information has survived regarding Tchaikovsky's work on this arrangement. It may have been carried out at the request of friends — most likely the Shilovskys, who were related to Dargomyzhsky and often visited him .
Dargomyzhsky's orchestral fantasia Kazachok ('Cossack Dance') was completed in 1864, and first published by M. Bernard in Saint Petersburg in 1868. The change of title to Little-Russian Kazachok in Tchaikovsky's piano version emphasises the Ukrainian nature of the themes, with "Little Russia" being an old term for the Ukraine (as in Tchaikovsky's "Little Russian" symphony).
Notes and References
- Entitled "Little Russian Kazačok" in ČW.
- See (1958), pp. 494–495.