Letter 335

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Date early/mid-January 1874
Addressed to Vasily Bessel
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow (Russia): Russian National Museum of Music (ф. 42, No. 242)
Publication Советская музыка (1938), No. 6, p. 38
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том V (1959), p. 340

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
Любезный друг Василий Васильевич!

Потрудись, пожалуйста, в наискорейшем времени прислать в Консерваторию партитуру «Татарской песни» Кюи, а также распорядись, пожалуйста, насчёт доставления сюда следующих мест партитуры «Радклифа»: 1) По клавираусцугу — Действие 1, карт[ина] 2-я, стр[аницы] 81-87 и 2) Действие II, сцена 1, стр[аницы] 100-109.

Твой, П. Чайковский

Если «Татарская песнь» будет скоро готова в печати, то следует предпочесть печатный экземпляр писанному.

Gracious friend Vasily Vasilyevich!

As quickly as possible, please, kindly send the full score of Cui's "Tartar Songs" to the Conservatory, and also to arrange, please, for the following passages from "Ratcliff" to be delivered here: 1) from the piano reduction — Act I, 2nd Scene, pages 81-87, and 2) Act II, scene 1, pages 100-109 [1].

Yours, P. Tchaikovsky

If the "Tartar Songs" will soon be ready for printing, then a printed copy would be preferable to a written one.

Notes and References

  1. The Tartar Songs for mixed chorus and orchestra, Op. 4 (1860), by César Cui, and extracts from the latter's opera William Ratcliff (1861-68) were performed on 11/23 January 1874 at the Fifth Russian Musical Society concert of the season, conducted by Nikolay Rubinstein.