webpage provides information about the André Tchaikowsky composition,
Octet [Octuor] (1961). This includes text from the book, The Other
Tchaikowsky - A Biographical Sketch of André Tchaikowsky.
This work has never been performed.
the biography The
The move to Clarendon Gardens gave André better surroundings
in which to compose. For the period March to August 1961, he composed
a single work, an Octet. It was dedicated to Anny Askenase, Stefan Askenase's
wife. The eight instruments are clarinet, french horn, bassoon, two
violins, viola, 'cello, and bass. André did nothing to promote
a performance of his Octet. He wrote the work, presented a copy to Anny
Askenase, and that was the end of it. A few years later when André
and clarinetist Gervase de Peyer became friends, André suggested
that the Melos Ensemble might be interested in the Octet, and André
gave Gervase a copy. Gervase was a founding member of the Melos group
and it seemed there might be the possibility of a performance. Gervase
remember another significant work by André. This is an Octet,
written for the Melos Ensemble in the middle sixties, I think, and
never played. André wrote this following a suggestion from
myself and it never proved possible to interest the rest of the Ensemble
in the piece or to find an opportunity to perform it. This is just
another example of the waste that pervades the world of music. Everyone
is always under enormous pressure, either to find work or to get through
it, and the pages of musical history are full of examples such as
this, where composers' pieces have laid unperformed and frequently
have been lost. This may be the case with the Octet, since I certainly
do not have it here with me in New York. It must therefore be amongst
piles of music currently stored in a furniture repository, with many
of my things, in Southern England. Obviously, it is important to try
and find this piece, as I remember being extremely interested in it,
since I was already acquainted with André's Clarinet Sonata.
The problem of finding the time and opportunity for eight musicians
to actually sit down together and read a new piece was unfortunately
insurmountable, and now we are faced with the distinct possibility
of the work being lost."
incorrectly believed the Octet was written for the Melos. The work was
completed before André and Gervase ever met; however, it was
something the Melos could have played had the situation been more favorable.
In any case, the original score is in the Weinberger Tchaikowsky archives
in London, and has never been performed.