Quartet Movement in B-flat major (Tchaikovsky)
The Quartet Movement in B-flat major, TH 110, also referred to as String Quartet in B-flat major or String Quartet Movement in B-flat major, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is believed to be only surviving movement of his first attempt to compose a string quartet.
Tchaikovsky started work on the quartet in August of 1865 at his brother-in-law's house in Kamenka, basing the first movement theme on a song he heard the gardeners singing. This theme was later recycled for the 1867 solo piano piece Scherzo à la russe Op.1, No. 1.
The completed movement was premiered on the 11th of November 1865 at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory by a quartet composed of both faculty members and students (Konstantin Pushilov, Dmitry Panov, Vasily Bessel and Aleksandr Kuznetsov).
As with other unfinished compositions there is much speculation as to why the work was apparently abandoned after the completion of the first movement, despite the comments by Modest Tchaikovsky mentioned earlier. One theory is that the composer either intended the work to be a single movement quartet or decided to complete it as such; another, similar to theories advanced about other unfinished works, is that the composer put the work aside and never went back to it.
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