Tchaikovsky started the symphonic poem Fatum between late September and early October 1868. He put the work aside to devote his attention to the touring Belgian soprano Désirée Artôt, with whom he had fallen in love (or so he thought).[citation needed] They discussed marriage, and planned to meet again in the summer of 1869 in Paris to develop their plans. She then left for Warsaw to continue her tour with her opera company.

Date of composition 1868 (but Tchaikovsky later destroyed the score, and it was published in 1896)
Premiered 1869, February 27th in Moscow, Russia
Dedicated to Dedicated to Mily Balakirev
Type Symphonic Poem
Tonality C Minor
Catalogue Op. 77
Instruments Orchestra
Autotranslations beta Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski: Fatum en do mineur, Op. 77
Pëtr Il'ič Čajkovskij: Fatum in do minore, Op. 77
Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski: Fatum c-moll, Op. 77