Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op.33 (Tchaikovsky, Pyotr)
Jeff Manookian (conductor)
Ellen Bridger, cello
Intermountain Classical Orchestra
Viktor Kubatsky (1891–1970)
First edition (reprint)
P.I. Tchaikovsky: Complete Collected Works, vol.30B (Полное собрание сочинений).
Moscow: Muzgiz, 1956. Plate M. 25739 Г.
New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(after 1965).
Original publisher info, plate numbers and footnotes omitted
Tchaikovsky's original version (with 8 variations), without any changes by Fitzenhagen.
Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848-1890)
Moscow: Muzgiz, 1962. Plate 30042
The piece was written for Fitzenhagen, and the dedicatee took it upon himself to make changes to the original score (which was not revived until the 1940s). Until fairly recently, this Fitzenhagen version was the only one known in the west.
Moscow: Muzgiz, n.d.(ca.1956). Plate M. 25740 Г.
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Cello and Piano
|Work Title||Variations on a Rococo Theme|
|Alternative Title||Вариации на тему рококо|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||Op.33 ; TH 57 ; CW 59|
|Movements/Sections||A Theme and 8 variations:
B Theme and 7 variations:
|Year/Date of Composition||1876 A ; 1876–77 B (standard version, edited by Wilhelm Fitzenhagen)|
|First Performance||1877-12-18 — Moscow, Russian Musical Society B
1941-04-24 — Moscow, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall A
|First Publication||1878 B — Moscow: P. Jurgenson.
1956 — Moscow: Muzgiz. A
|Dedication||Wilhelm Fitzenhagen (1848–1890)|
|Average Duration||20 minutes|
Orchestra: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (A), 2 bassoons + 2 horns (F) + strings
|Extra Information||Also arranged by Tchaikovsky for cello and piano, 1876 |
The full score and piano reduction of B were the only versions published during Tchaikovsky's lifetime, although privately the composer expressed dissatisfaction with Fitzenhagen's alterations.