Tchaikovsky: Romance In F Minor

THURSDAY, June 25, 2020

Tchaikovsky: Romance In F Minor Op.5

I started writing about this two months ago, but I was in the middle of the huge project of going through all of Tchaikovksy’s symphonic music.

An early work…

Tchaikovsky wrote his Romance in F minor, Op. 5, for solo piano in October or November 1868 in Moscow.

First performance…

Nikolay Rubinstein gave the first performance at a charity concert in Moscow University on 8/20 December 1868. The same pianist premiered the Romance in Saint Petersburg, at the fourth Free Music School concert on 30 November/12 December 1869.

This is Richter playing, one of the most famous Russian pianists of the 20th century.

And here is a transcription…

2 thoughts on “Tchaikovsky: Romance In F Minor

  1. I”m gaining a new appreciation for S. Richter.

    There’s much anguish in this music. I also enjoyed both verisons, the orchestral transcription brings more of that out, I think.

  2. Tchaikovsky expressed his feeling of sadness in this music. I found out that it was written after a failed love affair.

    I enjoyed both performances and will tune in again.

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