Clarens is a small village in the municipality of Montreux, in the
canton of Vaud, in Switzerland.
Tchaikovsky stayed at Clarens on three occasions:
- 10/22 October–1/13 November 1877 — immediately after the end of his marriage
to Antonina Milyukova,
he stayed with his brother Anatoly
at the Villa Richelieu, and within a week of arriving his state of
health had improved sufficiently to allow him to complete the orchestration
and piano arrangement of Act I of Yevgeny Onegin.
- 25 February/9 March–5/17 April 1878 — accompanied by his brother
Modest, Nikolay Konradi, and Aleksey Sofronov; after initially
working on his Twelve Pieces
(Op. 40) and the Grand Sonata,
the arrival of his violinist friend Iosif
Kotek inspired him to begin a Violin Concerto on 5/17
March, and he worked so rapidly that by 30 March/11 April the whole concerto
was complete and fully orchestrated.
- 30 December 1878/11 January 1879–4/16 February 1879 — this time his stay
at the Villa Richelieu was spent almost exclusively working on the
opera The Maid of Orleans (except
for a day trip to Geneva on 17/29 January).
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