Tchaikovsky sketched out a scene including duet and appearance of the nurse, but the opera was never written. After Tchaikovsky's death, composer Sergei Taneyev published the original duet with reconstructed introduction based on themes from the overture.
Confiding in Taneyev, Tchaikovsky feared Eugene Onegin would not be a success. Disillusioned with theaters for giving pointless performances, retaining inadequate artists and giving no chance to younger artists, he wanted his 'lyric scenes' performed in an intimate Conservatory setting.
Commenting on composer/pianist Sergei Taneyev's mistaken remark, Tchaikovsky explains that Tatyana falls in love with Onegin instantly. Before Onegin even appears on the scene, Tatyana is in love with her ideal of a romantic hero, instilling these qualities into Onegin at first sight.
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