The Siskin

The Siskin (Чижик) (TH 196 ; ČW 319b) [1] is humorous ditty written by Tchaikovsky in Moscow on 22 September/4 October 1876 an album belonging to his friend Mariya Golovina. It immediately follows the score of Base Dog, Shameless Bishka in the same album.

The Siskin is written for high voice and piano, with the tempo marking 'Moderato assai e con passione' (C major, 9 bars). The autograph is preserved in the Russian State Archive of Literature and Art in Moscow (ф. 1949) [2].

Notes and References

  1. Entitled 'Siskin, Siskin' in ČW.
  2. Published in facsimile in П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том VI (1961), p. 48/49; and transcribed in Неизвестный Чайковский (2009), p. 202 and The Tchaikovsky papers. Unlocking the family archive (2018), p. 193.