Letter 3536

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Date 28 March/9 April 1888
Addressed to Emiliya Pavlovskaya
Where written Tiflis
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow (Russia): Bakhrushin State Central Theatre Museum (Pavlovskaya collection)
Publication Чайковский на Московской сцене (1940), p. 416
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XIV (1974), p. 397

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
28 марта [18]88

Голубушка Эмилия Карловна!

Чувствую, что Вы на меня сердитесь за то, что я совсем не писал Вам из заграницы. Ей-Богу, родная, невозможно было вести корреспонденцию даже с таким близким другом, как Вы. Зато уж как наговоримся при свидании! Напишите мне хоть словечко и главное уведомьте, до каких пор Вы остаётесь в Питере? Как ангажемент на будущий год? Здоровы ли Вы, Сергей Евграфович, а также симпатичная обладательница чудных глазок? Я устал ужасно, неимоверно! Останусь здесь 2 недели и потом уеду в деревню, но подумываю съездить в Петербург, чтобы повидаться с родными и друзьями. Смерть хочется поболтать с Вами!!! Ей-Богу, я Вас люблю и вовсе не изменил Вам. Целую Вашу ручку.

Ваш П. Чайковский

28 March 1888

Golubushka Emiliya Karlovna!

I can sense that you are angry with me for not having written to you at all when I was abroad [1]. My God, my dear, it was just impossible to keep up my correspondence even with such a close friend as you are. But to make up for it, we shall have so much to say to one another when we meet! Write me a word or two if you can, and, most importantly, let me know how long you will be staying in Piter for. What's happened with the engagement for next year?[2] Are you all right? What about Sergey Yevgrafovich, and also the attractive proprietress of those wonderful little eyes?[3] I am awfully tired, incredibly so! I shall stay here for two weeks and then I'll leave for the country [4], though I am considering going up to Petersburg in order to see my relatives and friends. I very much want to have a chat with you!!! My God, I do love you and I have not been unfaithful to you at all. I kiss your hands.

Yours P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. On 15/27 December 1887 Tchaikovsky had left Russia to begin his first concert tour of Western Europe as a conductor of his own works. He returned to Russia on 20 March/1 April 1888, arriving in Taganrog to visit his brother Ippolit. Three days later he set off for Tiflis, where he arrived on 26 March/7 April. He stayed there with his brother Anatoly's family until mid/late April.
  2. Emiliya Pavlovskaya was engaged at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre for the 1888/89 season. During the previous four seasons she had been a member of the Saint Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre's troupe.
  3. Emiliya Pavlovskaya's husband, Sergey Yevgrafovich Pavlovsky (1846–1915), was also a singer (a baritone) and had performed the minor role of the sorcerer Kudma at the premiere of The Enchantress. The "proprietress of those wonderful little eyes" was Pavlovskaya's sister, Yelena.
  4. In mid/late April 1888 Tchaikovsky left Tiflis for his new place of residence in the village of Frolovskoye, near Klin.