The following data are normally shown for each composition (where appropriate):
Title of the work, usually in English, followed by the Russian title in parentheses (NB: the latter will only display correctly if your web browser is configured to read Cyrillic characters). If Tchaikovsky gave the work a French title which is much better known than the English version (e.g. Souvenir d'un lieu cher), this has normally been retained. Subtitles and keys of individual numbers or movements may be given below.
The Catalogue Numbers for each work in volume 1 of The Tchaikovsky Handbook (Indiana University Press, 2002) (TH) and in the Thematic and Bibliographical Catalogue of P. I. Čajkovskij's Works (2006) (ČW).
Dates of composition, if known.
Source of Text/Libretto, for vocal and stage works, together with the Language of the text.
Tempo/Section Listing. The main tempo markings, key and number of bars for each work or movement.
Instrumentation. Description of instrumentation/forces required to perform the pieces.
First Performance. The place, date, and names of the conductor and soloist at the first public performance of the work. In the nineteenth century Russia was 12 days behind the Western calendar, so dates of first performances are given in the form old style/new style, e.g. 28 October/9 November. Other notable performances (including those involving the composer himself) may also be listed in this section.
Autograph Location. The whereabouts of Tchaikovsky's autograph manuscript of the work, if known.
First Publication. The place, publisher and date that the work was first published.
Average Duration. The average length in performance, based on the available recordings.
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History. A detailed account of their composition, performance and reception is reproduced in extracts from authoritative sources.
This page was last updated on 17 February 2013