Vakula the Smith, Op.14 (Tchaikovsky, Pyotr)

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Publisher. Info. Moscow: P. Jurgenson, 1876.
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Editor V. D. Vasilyev (fl. 1941-1969)
Publisher. Info. Complete Collected Works, vol.35 (Полное собрание сочинений).
Moscow: Muzyka, 1956. Plate M. 25858 Г.

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Reprinted New York: E.F. Kalmus, n.d.(1970). Plate 6751.
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Publisher. Info. St. Petersburg: F.A. Marks, 1896.
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Work Title Vakula the Smith
Alternative. Title Кузнец Вакула, Ночь перед Рождеством, Vakoula le Forgeron, Wakula der Schmidt
Name Translations Il fabbro Vakula; Vakula el herrero; Vakoula le Forgeron; Vakula, o ferreiro; Вакула-кузнец; 鍛冶屋のヴァクーラ; Smeden Vakula; Kovář Vakula
Name Aliases Кузнец Вакула; Kuznets Vakula; Smith Vakula
Authorities Wikipedia
Composer Tchaikovsky, Pyotr
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.14 ; TH 4
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IPT 138
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 acts, with overture
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1874
First Performance. 1876-12-06 (1876-11-24) at the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg
Eduard Nápravník (conductor)
Gennadiy Kondratyev (stage direction)
Mikhail Bocharov and Matvey Shishkov (set designers)
First Publication. 1876 - Moscow: P. Jurgenson (vocal score)
Librettist Yakov Polonsky (1819-1898)
Language Russian
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Vakula, a smith (tenor)
Solokha, Vakula's mother, a witch (mezzo soprano)
A devil from Hell, a fantastic character (bass)
Chub, an elderly Cossack (bass)
Oksana, Chub's daughter (soprano)
Pan Golova (bass)
Panas, Chub's crony (tenor)
Schoolmaster (tenor)
His Highness (bass)
Master of Ceremonies (bass)
Attendant (tenor)
Old Cossack (bass)
Wood Goblin (bass)
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
Silent Roles
Lads, Lasses, Elders, Gusli-players, Rusalki, Wood-sprites, Echo,
Spirits, Court ladies and Gentlemen, Zaporozhtsï
Orchestra (On-stage)
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, triangle, tambourine, cymbals, bass drum, harp, strings
Wind Band (Off-stage)
Related Works Later revised as Cherevichki
External Links Tchaikovsky Research
Wikipedia article
Extra Information Publication history

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