Scherzo à la russe (Tchaikovsky)

This article is about a composition by Tchaikovsky. For the composition by Stravinsky, see Scherzo à la russe (Stravinsky).

"Scherzo à la russe", Op. 1, No. 1, is part of the first published work of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Two Pieces for Piano, Op. 1.

It is based on a Ukrainian folk tune in B-flat major, that the composer had earlier used in his first attempt to write a string quartet.[1] It was first called Capriccio (Italian, "whim") but was later changed to "Scherzo à la russe". The other piece in the work was called "Impromptu" in E-flat major, Op. 1, No. 2.[1]


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