Scherzo à la russe (Tchaikovsky)

"Scherzo à la russe", Op. 1, No. 1, is part of the first published work of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Two Pieces for Piano, Op. 1.

It is based on a Russian folk tune in B-flat major, that the composer had earlier used in his first attempt to write a string quartet.[1] It was first called Capriccio (Italian, "whim") but was later changed to "Scherzo à la russe". The other piece in the work was called "Impromptu" in E-flat minor, Op. 1, No. 2.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Tchaikovsky Research: Scherzo à la russe, Op. 1/1 (TH 124)". Tchaikovsky Research. June 2015.