Pezzo capriccioso, Op. 62

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Pezzo capriccioso is a work for cello and orchestra composed by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Some say that Tchaikovsky wrote it in one single week, during the summer of 1887.

The work was quickly arranged for cello and piano, and it is in this version that the score was premiered, in February 1888 in Paris, with Anatoliy Brandukov playing the cello and the composer playing the piano. The original orchestral version was premiered in November 1889 during a concert gathering once again Brandukov and Tchaikovsky, who this time conducted the orchestra.

The cellists competing at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition must perform, during the first round of the Competition, the Pezzo capriccioso in its cello and piano version.

About the composer

Birth date:

May 7, 1840

Death date:

Nov. 6, 1893

This year marks the 175th birthday of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, one of Russia's most beloved composers. The International Tchaikovsky Competition, which was named after the great composer, will commemorate the anniversary…

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