The String Quartet No. 1 in D major, Opus 11, was Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s first completed string quartet of three string quartets.
Composed in February 1871
Premiered in Moscow on 16/28 March 1871
This 2nd movement was based on a folk song the composer heard at his sister’s house at Kamenka, whistled by a house painter. When the quartet was performed at a tribute concert for Leo Tolstoy, the author was said to have been brought to tears by this movement. “…Tolstoy, sitting next to me and listening to the Andante of my First Quartet, burst into tears.”