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Valse - Scherzo op.34 for flute and piano

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By Piotr Tchaikovski

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Piano Accompaniment, Flute - Digital Download
Composed by Piotr Tchaikovski. Arranged by James Strauss. Romantic Period, European, Hanukkah, Halloween. 16 pages. Published by James Strauss (S0.723931).

Item Number: S0.723931

Writing to his brother Modest on 18/30 January 1877, Tchaikovsky mentioned that the violinist Iosif Kotek had "ordered" a piece from him for a forthcoming concert. Four days later Kotek wrote to Tchaikovsky: “Thank you in advance for the waltz; it will surely be wonderful, as is everything that you compose... this shall be a piece to impress everybody". In another letter from mid/late February, we read: "Incidentally, about the waltz. Why force yourself if you are tired? Of course, I would be delighted and infinitely glad if you were to write the waltz, especially since it is for me. I am still very glad that you have even started to think about this".

In the period from March to August, we find no further references to work on the Valse. But, given that in March and April, Tchaikovsky wrote his Fourth Symphony, and that in May he was completely absorbed in composing the opera Yevgeny Onegin, it is likely that by this time the Valse had already been completed.

It seems that the waltz was partly or wholly orchestrated by Kotek after Tchaikovsky completed the version for violin with piano. This is suggested by two letters from Kotek to Tchaikovsky: in October 1878, the violinist reported to Tchaikovsky on an unsuccessful performance of the piece: “Could my instrumentation be the reason that the waltz did not please?”, and early in 1879 he wrote: “I think that I badly orchestrated the Waltz ... what extraordinarily empty sounds!”. None of Tchaikovsky's letters refer to the orchestration of the piece.

Here for the very first time in aversion for flute and piano - I tried to not transcribe the violin part, but re-write the solo part as it was made for flute. 

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