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Beloved Friend: The Story of Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky and Nadezdha von Meck

Music theatre: Work details

Writer: Ronald Harwood
Composer: Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Music title: Symphony No. 4 Op. 36 – First Movement: opening brass fanfare and another excerpt (arr. piano duet); Souvenir d’un lieu cher, Op. 42, for violin and piano – First Movement: Méditation, Second Movement: Scherzo; Six Romances Op. 38 – ‘Amid the din of the ball’ (No. 3), ‘Oh, if you could’ (No. 4); String Quartet No. 1 Op. 11 – Second Movement: Andante cantabile; Eugene Onegin Op. 24 – Act I: Letter scene (extract), Act III: final duet; Six Romances Op. 6 – ‘Why?’ (No. 5), ‘None but the lonely heart’ (No. 6); Piano Trio Op. 50 – Second Movement: Two Variations; ‘The Seasons’ Op. 37b for piano – ‘November’; 'To forget so soon' (1870); Swan Lake Op. 20 – Act II: White Swan pas de deux (arr. piano, violin, cello)
Lyricist: A K Tolstoy
Music title: Six Romances Op. 38 – ‘Amid the din of the ball’ (No. 3), ‘Oh, if you could’ (No. 4)
Lyricist: L. Mey
Music title: Six Romances Op. 6 – ‘Why?’ (No. 5), ‘None but the lonely heart’ (No. 6)
Lyricist: A Apukhtin
Music title: 'To forget so soon' (1870)
Choreographer: Lev Ivanov
Language: Russian
Notes: Created for a private, fundraising evening in aid of the Royal Opera House Foundation, and described by ROH Development as a 'recital in words, music, and dance'.
World premiere: 21 June 2009, Royal Opera House, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London
ROH premiere: 21 June 2009, Royal Opera House
Productions
Beloved Friend (2009) Royal Opera House (1 performance online)