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Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilitch Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky
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(1840 - 1893)
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Tchaikovsky, Piotr Ilitch: "Fugue" from "Six Morceaux on one theme" for String Quartet

"Fugue" from "Six Morceaux on one theme" for String Quartet
Op. 21 No. 2
Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky

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Composer :Piotr Ilitch TchaikovskyPiotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky (1840 - 1893)
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Piotr Ilitch TchaikovskyMagatagan, Mike (1960 - )
Date :1873
Copyright :Public Domain
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky was the author of some of the most popular themes in all of classical music. He founded no school, struck out no new paths or compositional methods, and sought few innovations in his works. Yet the power and communicative sweep of his best music elevates it to classic status, even if it lacks the formal boldness and harmonic sophistication heard in the compositions of his contemporaries, Wagner and Bruckner. It was Tchaikovsky's unique melodic charm that could, whether in his Piano Concerto No. 1 or in his ballet The Nutcracker or in his tragic last symphony, make the music sound familiar on first hearing.

Tchaikovsky's Six Pieces on a Single Theme (Six morceaux composés sur un seul thème) for solo piano (Op. 21), were composed between the end of September & November 1873 in Moscow. The pieces were published for the first time by Vasily Bessel in 1873. Twenty years later they pieces came to the attention of Aleksandr Ziloti: "I recently looked over your old piano pieces and began with your 'gems' (Op. 21); I will play the Prelude and Mazurka; incidentally. these have been published by Mackar". "I have completed your six piano pieces", Tchaikovsky wrote to Vasily Bessel on 28 November/10 December 1873. "Now I'm in the process of making fair copies of them, and you should receive them in the near future. All six pieces are written around one theme and will be have the overall title Suite: Nos. 1) Prelude, 2) Fugue, 3) Impromptu, 4) Mazurka, 5) Marche funebre, 6) Scherzo. The whole thing is dedicated to A. G. Rubinstein. I've kept you waiting for these pieces, and for this I apologize; the fact is that I also gave my word to Jurgenson that I would write six pieces for him, amongst other things".

The pieces are dedicated to Anton Rubinstein, who played them many years after they were published. Tchaikovsky was upset by the great pianist's indifference: "Isn't A. Rubinstein a strange fellow? Why didn't he turn his attention to my piano pieces 10 years ago? Why hasn't he played a single note until now? Why did I do to deserve this! Nevertheless, I am very thankful for his sudden change of heart", he wrote to Pyotr Jurgenson on 14/26 April 1883. The following year he suggested to Nadezhda von Meck that she should hear Anton Rubinstein play the Op. 21 pieces in Paris: "He is always playing four of my six piano pieces, which some time ago I wrote and dedicated to him. Truly, these pieces could not be better played".

The title Suite was changed by the author to Six Morceaux. Sketches for the pieces are contained in the same copybook as sketches for the Nocturne and Capriccioso from the Six Pieces, Op. 19 — which were written immediately prior to the Op. 21 set. The sequence of the sketches indicates that the Mazurka was the first to be composed, and the remaining five pieces were written in the order in which they were published.

They set was included in volume 51Б of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works (1946), edited by Ivan Shishov

Source: Wikipedia ( _a_Single_Theme,_Op._21 ).

Although originally created for Solo Piano, I created this Interpretation of the "Fugue" from "Six Morceaux on one theme" (Op. 21 No. 2) for String Quartet (2 Violins, Viola & Cello).
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