Scherzo à la russe
Movements and Duration
There is one movement: Allegro moderato (B-flat major, 267 bars), lasting around 7 minutes in performance.
The Scherzo was written early in 1867 at the request of Nikolay Rubinstein, and originally had the title Capriccio .
The piece was published by Pyotr Jurgenson in 1868, together with the student Impromptu in E-flat minor. In 1884, Pyotr Jurgenson undertook to publish a collection of Tchaikovsky's piano works, and asked the composer to select the pieces for this edition . Amongst other works, Tchaikovsky decided on the Scherzo à la russe, with the reservation that "'perhaps in view of its difficulty. you would prefer not to print it? It’s up to you: I chose it only because Nikolay Grigoryevich played it" .
In 1945 the Scherzo à la russe was published in volume 51А of Tchaikovsky's Complete Collected Works, edited by Ivan Shishov.
The whereabouts of Tchaikovsky's manuscript score are unknown 
The published score carries the inscription to "À mon ami Nicolas Rubinstein".