Op. 5 (1868).
Probably written in November 1868 in Moscow, during the period in which Tchaikovsky was enamoured by the Italian Opera artist Désirée Artôt. who sang in the 1868–69 season in Moscow. "The other day there was a concert in aid of poor students, where the last performer before the end was a certain person [Artôt]; at this same concert my dances [from The Voyevoda] were played with great success, and Rubinstein played my new piece, dedicated to Artôt", Tchaikovsky reported to his brother Modest .
In the same letter he referred to the fact that two of his piano pieces were about to appear in print. One of these was the Romance, Op. 5, and the other was the Valse-caprice, Op. 4.
Published by Pyotr Jurgenson in 1868.
From: Музыкальное наследие Чайковского (1958),
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