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Itter is a municipality in the Kitzbühel district of the state of Tyrol in Austria, overlooking the Brixtemtal valley in the eastern Alps.

During Tchaikovsky's lifetime it was part of the Austrian crownland of Tyrol, and part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1867.

Tchaikovsky in Itter

Itter Castle (Schloss Itter) was the home of the pianist Sophie Menter from 1884 to 1902, and she invited Tchaikovsky to stay there on two occasions:

From Until Notes
10/22 September 1892 25 September/7 October 1892 Visiting with the pianist Vasily Sapelnikov, it was during this visit that Tchaikovsky arranged Menter's Ungarische Zigeunerweisen for piano with orchestra (completed on 20 September/2 October).
7/19 June 1893 14/26 June 1893 Stopping on his return home to Russia after receiving an honorary doctorate at Cambridge University. Afterwards he wrote to his brother: "Strangely enough the beauties of the Tyrol among which I lived at Menter's did not afford me even half the pleasure I felt at the sight of the endless steppe through which I rode here yesterday from the railway station. No, decidedly the Russian countryside is infinitely dearer to my heart than all the much-vaunted beauties of Europe" [1].

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Notes and References

  1. Letter 4959 to Anatoly Tchaikovsky, 19 June/1 July 1893.