For unaccompanied mixed chorus (1889).
Composed at Frolovskoye between 9/21 January and 12/24 January 1889. In a letter of 8/20 January 1889, Fyodor Bekker approached Tchaikovsky with a commission to write two secular choruses for a choral concert to be given by the Imperial Opera . It seems that the composer wrote one chorus at once, and on 12/24 January gave it to Pyotr Jurgenson, who was visiting Tchaikovsky at Frolovskoye . On 18/30 January 1889, before departing for Saint Petersburg, and then on abroad, Tchaikovsky wrote to Jurgenson: "Don't forget to send Bekker my chorus' . On 21 January/2 February 1889 the publisher replied: " Bekker’s chorus is being copied out", and on 26 January/7 February reported: "The chorus for Bekker has been copied out" .
The chorus was published by Pyotr Jurgenson in December 1889 . It was performed for the first time in a concert of the Imperial Opera in Saint Petersburg on 19/31 March 1889, conducted by Fyodor Bekker. The solo performer was G. Mel’ichenko. On 13/25 December 1892 the chorus The Nightingale was performed at a concert of the Russian Choral Society in Moscow, conducted by Anton Arensky.
Музыкальное наследие Чайковского (1958), p. 357
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