Variation on Themes by Tchaikovsky II

Variation on Themes by Tchaikovsky II

Allegro non troppo from Variations on a Theme by Tchaikovsky
Op. 35a, a piece for string orchestra by Anton Arensky

started out as the slow movement of his String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35. It was written in 1894, the year after the death of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, in a tribute to that composer. It was based on the theme from the song “Legend: Christ in His Garden”, the fifth of Sixteen Children’s Songs, Op. 54.

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