Adagio in C major

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The Adagio in C major, for horn quartet (TH 156 ; ČW 328), was written in 1863 or 1864 as an exercise while Tchaikovsky was a student in Anton Rubinstein's composition classes at the Saint Petersburg Conservatory.


Scored for horns in G, E-flat and E, and bass horn in C.

Movements and Duration

There is one movement: Adagio (C major, 225 bars), lasting around 2 minutes in performance.


The work was published for the first time in 1967 in volume 58 of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Irina Iordan.


Tchaikovsky's manuscript score (which also includes the Andante ma non troppo in A major), is now preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive (a1, No. 130).


See: Adagio in C major: Recordings