Letter 1635

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Date between 1/13 December and 7/19 December 1880 [1]
Addressed to Vasily Bessel
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow (Russia): Russian National Museum of Music (ф. 42, No. 264)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том IX (1965), p. 321–322
Notes Note on visiting card

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
Пётр Ильич Чайковский

весьма сожалеет, что сначала за неимением времени, а потом по болезни не мог окончить корректуры финала. Она будет сделана вместе с 2-й корректурой других частей в Москве. Что касается переговоров об известном деле, то, несмотря на посредничество искренно любимого и уважаемого А. А. Герке, должен от них уклониться ввиду доверенности, данной П. И. Юргенсону.

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

very much regrets that initially due to lack of time, and subsequently through illness, he could not finish the proofs of the finale [2]. This will be done, together with the 2nd proofs of the other movements, in Moscow. In respect of negotiations on the matter known to you, then, despite the mediation of the sincerely loved and respected A. A. Gerke, I must decline in view of the authority granted to P. I. Jurgenson [3].

Notes and References

  1. This undated letter appears to have been written during the latter part of the composer's visit to Saint Petersburg, during which he was briefly unwell.
  2. Tchaikovsky had been correcting the proofs of the full score of the revised version of the Symphony No. 2, which was being published by Bessel.
  3. Bessel was in dispute with Tchaikovsky's main publisher Pyotr Jurgenson concerning the rights to publish and distribute the new version of his overture-fantasia Romeo and Juliet.