Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky

Souvenir de Hapsal, for piano, Op. 2

    Description by James Reel

    Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2 (1867) is a set of three pieces that takes its title from the Baltic seaside town where Tchaikovsky completed the music during a summer holiday. The first piece, "Ruines d'un chateau" (Ruins of a Castle), opens nostalgically in E minor, Adagio mysterioso, and closes with the same material after a blithe central Allegro section. The second piece is a rather Schumann-esque Scherzo in F major with a florid, lyrical middle section. The final piece, in F major, is Tchaikovsky's earliest "hit tune," "Song without Words." Its first section is marked grazioso e cantabile, but the music seems to want to dance rather than sing. A brief, more declamatory section follows before the earlier material returns in wisps rather than in a full reprise.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Ruines d'un chateau
    2. Scherzo
    3. Chant sans paroles

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Menuetto Classics
    2018 Erato / Warner Classics 567111
    2017 Naxos 8573543
    2015 Romeo Records RR 7309/10
    2012 FC Records FCRCD 9744
    2010 Dynamic / Dynamic Italy 665/1-7
    2008 Landscape Classics
    2008 Erato 4696751
    2004 Ivory Records 74002
    2000 Koch Discover International 920528
    1997 Melodiya 33214
    1993 Erato 2292-45969-2
    Melodiya 33230
    Erato 45966
    Vox 3025