Tchaikovsky: Children's Album. Arranged for String Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Children's Album. Arranged for String Orchestra

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Tchaikovsky: Children’s Album. Arranged for String Orchestra

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Track list

  1. I. Morning Prayer
  2. II. A Winter Morning
  3. III. Little Mother
  4. IV. The Hobby Horse
  5. V. March of the Wooden Soldiers
  6. VI. The Sick Doll
  7. VII. The Dolly’s Funeral
  8. VIII. Waltz
  9. IX. The New Doll
  10. X. Mazurka
  11. XI. Russian Song
  12. XII. The Peasant plays his Harmonica
  13. XIII. Folksong
  14. XIV. Polka
  15. XV. Italian Song
  16. XVI. Old French Melody
  17. XVII. German Song
  18. XVIII. Neapolitan Song
  19. XIX. The Old Nurse’s Tale
  20. XX. The Witch (Baba-Yaga)
  21. XXI. Sweet Dreams
  22. XXII. Song Of The Lark
  23. XXIII. The Organ Grinder
  24. XXIV. In The Church


In a letter of 30 April/12 May 1878 to Nadezhda von Meck, the composer wrote: “A while ago I thought that it would not be a bad idea to make a small contribution to the stock of children’s musical literature, which is very modest. I want to create a series of little individual pieces just for children, and with an attractive title, like Schumann’s”.

Some months before this letter was written, while staying in Florence on 14/26 February, Tchaikovsky told Pyotr Jurgenson that he wanted “to write a number of easy pieces, like Kinderstück”. Evidently, the idea of creating a collection of pieces for young people had not been abandoned by the composer, and after his return to Kamenka in April he decided to begin composition. In the aforementioned letter to Nadezhda von Meck, he informed her: “Tomorrow I shall start work on my collection of miniatures for children”.

On 1/13 May the composer wrote to Anatoly Tchaikovsky: “I’m working well and have done rather a lot”. On 4/16 May the sketches for all 24 pieces were ready. Shortly afterwards, Tchaikovsky accepted an invitation from Nadezhda von Meck to stay at her Brailov estate until the end of May/beginning of June, before spending a few days in Moscow; from there he went to spend five days with his friend Nikolay Kondratyev at Nizy, and in mid/late June he called at Kiev, before returning to Verbovka. In the days following his arrival, he began to put the finishing touches to all the pieces written in April and May. The fair copy of the Children’s Albumwas begun, it seems, on 13/25 July.

By 20 July/1 August the copying out was completed, and on 21 July/2 August the composer told Nadezhda von Meck that he was working on the Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom. Source: Tchaikovsky Research

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