||TH 149 ; ČW 186 (as "Momento lirico /
||Andantino (A♭ major, 58 bars)
||Unknown private collection (auctioned at Marburg in 1960)
||Prague: F. Urbánek, 1893 (original version); Moscow: P.
Jurgenson, 1894 (completion by Sergey Taneyev).
|| Sketches for this piece were found after Tchaikovsky's death, and these
were completed by Sergey Taneyev and published under the title Impromptu (Momento lirico). However,
Tchaikovsky's completed score was discovered in the 1960s
|| IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library
Written at the request of the Czech music publisher Mojmir Urbánek . Completed on
26 October/7 November 1892 (according to the date on the manuscript).
After Tchaikovsky's death, Sergey
Taneyev discovered the sketches for the piece, which he completed and prepared
for publication, unaware that the composition had already appeared in print.
From: The Tchaikovsky Handbook, vol. 1 (2002), p.
Copyright © 2002 Alexander Poznansky and Brett Langston
* * *
After Tchaikovsky's death. Sergey
Taneyev edited the piece from the sketches and prepared it for publication.
On 15/27 September 1894, Sergey
Taneyev wrote to Modest
Tchaikovsky: "The Impromptu was given to Pyotr Ivanovich shortly after
you left" . On
17/28 September, Pyotr Jurgenson
informed Modest Tchaikovsky
that the Impromptu was being engraved . During late September/early October, Sergey Taneyev checked the proofs,
and in late October/early November the piece was printed . The Impromptu was put on
sale at the same time as the Piano
Concerto No. 3.
From: Музыкальное наследие Чайковского (1958),
English text copyright © 2006 Brett Langston
- See letters 4713 and 4790a to Mojmir Urbanek, 22
June/4 July and 26 October/7 November 1892 [back]
- Letter from Sergey
Taneyev to Modest Tchaikovsky,
15/27 September 1894 — Klin House-Museum Archive [back]
- See letter from Pyotr Jurgenson to Modest Tchaikovsky,
17/29 September 1894 [back]
- See letters from Pyotr Jurgenson to Modest Tchaikovsky,
28 September/10 October, 3/15 and 6/18 October 1894 — Klin House-Museum Archive [back]