Tchaikovsky had originally dedicated his violin concerto to violinist and teacher Leopold Auer. After Auer criticized the piece and suggested substantial changes, Tchaikovsky rededicated it to violinist Adolph Davidovich Brodsky. Auer, nonetheless, produced the piece with his preferred changes and cuts.
For the third movement, both, the uncut/original and Auer's versions are available. This concerto was partly inspired by Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole.