16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child")

By: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
For: String quartet
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Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Year of composition
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
2 minutes
Classical music
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This little-known piece is from Tchaikovsky's set of 16 Songs for Children, Op.54. It has a haunting theme and is a personal favourite amongst the Christmas Carol repertoire.

This arrangement features a supplemental third violin part with an additional bass part for use with string orchestra.

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