Scherzo à la russe
Movements and Duration
There is one movement: Allegro moderato (B-flat major, 267 bars), lasting around 7 minutes in performance.
The Scherzo was written early in 1867 at the request of Nikolay Rubinstein, and originally had the title Capriccio .
The piece was published by Pyotr Jurgenson in 1868, together with the student Impromptu in E-flat minor. In 1884, Pyotr Jurgenson undertook to publish a collection of Tchaikovsky's piano works, and asked the composer to select the pieces for this edition . Amongst other works, Tchaikovsky decided on the Scherzo à la russe, with the reservation that "'perhaps in view of its difficulty, you would prefer not to print it? It's up to you: I chose it only because Nikolay Grigoryevich played it" .
In 1945 the Scherzo à la russe was published in volume 51А of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Ivan Shishov.
The whereabouts of Tchaikovsky's manuscript score are unknown 
- See: Discography
The published score carries the inscription to "À mon ami Nicolas Rubinstein".