24. Mai 2016

Structure of the Edition

In the academic edition of Tchaikovsky’s complete works all his musical and literary works are distributed among 17 series in accordance with the genre classification of the composer’s legacy. The volumes in each series will have an independent numeration. The supplementary 18th volume will contain the encyclopedia ‘Tchaikovsky’ and the indexes to all the volumes. The genre classification is based on the Thematic and Bibliographical Catalogue of P. I. Tchaikovsky’s Works, compiled and edited by P. E. Vajdman, L. Z. Korabel’nikova and V. V. Rubcova (Moscow: P. Jurgenson, 2006). Each series is structured according to genre subgroups. For instance, Series I, Stage Works, is divided into following subgroups: operas; ballets; music for dramatic performances; insertion numbers for other composers’ works. In each subgroup, the works are arranged primarily by chronology of their completion. In some cases works belonging to different genre subgroups, but intended for the same performing forces, are for convenience included into one volume. Such cases are commented in the prefaces to respective volumes.

In each series, full scores and author’s or authorized reductions for piano (ballets, orchestral works and chamber-instrumental ensembles), voice(s) with piano (operas, cantatas), solo instrument with piano (concertos and concert pieces) will be ordered as follows: first a full score, then its author’s or authorized reduction.

The Structure of the Edition

1. Musical Works:

Series I. Stage works: operas; ballets; music for dramatic performances; insertion numbers for other composers’ works. Full scores; author’s and authorized piano reductions.

Series II. Works for orchestra.

Full scores; author’s and authorized piano reductions (symphonies, suites, overtures, fantasias, etc.).

Series III. Concertos;

concert pieces (originals and author’s arrangements for solo instrument with orchestra). Full scores; author’s and authorized piano reductions.

Series IV. Cantatas and choruses on secular texts.

Full scores; author’s and authorized piano reductions.

Series V. Sacred works.

Series VI. Works for instrumental ensembles.

Full scores; author’s and authorized piano reductions.

Series VII. Works and transcriptions for piano.

Series VIII. Works for violin and piano (original works

and author’s arrangements).

Series IX. Arrangements and editions of Russian folk


Series X. Instrumentations of other composers’ works.

Series XI. Romances and songs; duets; vocal ensembles;

musical album notes and musical letters.

Series XII. Schoolworks: original pieces and instrumentations

of other composers’ works.

2. Literary Works:

Series XIII. Writings in music theory; pedagogical legacy.

Series XIV. Essays in music criticism;

open letters to newspapers and journals; speeches; interviews.

Series XV. Translations of treatises and other texts by West European authors

(J. Ch. Lobe, F.-A. Gevaert, R. Schumann); translations of literary texts of musical works by M. I. Glinka, A. G. Rubinštejn (Rubinstein), W. A. Mozart, G. Meyerbeer.

Series XVI. Poems, poetic texts for his own romances and choruses.

Series XVII. Diaries, notebooks, letters, correspondences.

Series XVIII. Encyclopedia ‘Tchaikovsky’; indexes.

Each volume of Tchaikovsky’s musical works is structured as follows:

— Preface (general, to the given series, to individual volumes).

— Introduction: the history of the composition and of

the texts of a given work; the list of available sources, their evaluation, substantiation of the choice of principal sources and of those used for comparison; the textual-critical and editorial ideas pertaining to a given text.

— Music text.

— Textual-critical commentary.

— Supplements.

The texts of scientific editors are given in Russian and English. Tchaikovsky’s marks and instructions quoted in the descriptions of sources and in the commentaries are also given in two languages, apart from specific expressions that do not lend themselves to translation. Such expressions, as well as the Russian names and surnames, are reproduced in Roman characters according to the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) transliteration system (see the Table on p. CXII): the only exception is the surname Tchaikovsky, which is given in its traditionally established form. The facsimile reproductions of Tchaikovsky’s manuscripts and other documents are given in the respective sections of the volumes, as well as in the Supplements, with a short description and the information about the original’s whereabouts. The dating of documents and events takes into account the Julian calendar, which was in use in 19th century Russia and lagged 12 days behind the Gregorian calendar. In order to make the chronology of events more explicit, all the dates are given in both systems, divided by slash: Julian (old style) / Gregorian (new style). The datings in the quotations from documents are also given according to both systems in the same order.
P. E. Vajdman