Letter 3868

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Date 2/14 June 1889
Addressed to Adolph Brodsky
Where written Frolovskoye
Language Russian
Autograph Location Manchester (England): Royal Northern College of Music, The Library
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XV-А (1976), p. 122
Воспоминания о русском доме (2006), p. 127

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
2 июня
Клин, Моск[овской] губ[ернии]

Милый друг Адольф!

По распределению концертов между разными дирижёрами оказалось, что я иначе не могу, как дирижировать концертом 28 октября. Ты желал приехать по возможности во время рождественских праздников, и я очень хлопотал получить концерт или в конце декабря, или в начале января. Но пришлось в качестве хозяина уступить один из этих концертов Клиндворту, а другой (6 янв[аря]) — Рубинштейну. Теперь представляется вопрос: согласен ли ты принять участие в моём концерте 28 октября? Я всеми силами души желал бы, чтобы ты приехал! Пожалуйста, постарайся это сделать и ответь мне, голубчик, поскорее. Что касается твоего квартета, то дирекция Муз[ыкального] общ[ества] решила отнять от меня антрепризу и предлагает вам серию квартетных вечеров, на тех же условиях, что и я предлагал. Т. е. она гарантирует вам каждому по 500 р[ублей], а в случае, если окажется излишек доходов, то всех излишек вам. Предполагается серия эта, как мы уговорились, в конце декабря и начале января. Решённое ли это дело? Я рад, что вы будете действовать под эгидой Муз[ыкального] общ[ества]. Итак, голубчик, сейчас же ответь:

1) приедешь ли к концерту 28 октября?

2) принимает ли твой квартет наше приглашение и удобно ли это время; т. е. не лучше ли перенести на ноябрь, дабы ты два раза не приезжал?

Обнимаю тебя! Целую ручки Анны Львовны!

Твой, П. Чайковский

2 June
Klin, Moscow province

Dear friend Adolph!

After allocating the concerts among the various conductors it has turned out that I can only direct the one on 28 October. You wished, if possible, to come during the Christmas holidays, and I went to great pains to try to secure a concert either for the end of December or for early January. However, in my capacity as host I had to give up one of these concerts to Klindworth, and the other one (on 6 January) to Rubinstein. Now the question is: do you agree to take part in my concert on 28 October? With all my heart I wish that you are able to come! Please try to do so and answer me as soon as possible, golubchik [1]. In respect of your quartet [2], the Musical Society's board of directors has decided to take away that enterprise from me and wishes to propose to you a series of quartet soirées on the same terms as I offered you. That is to say, it guarantees 500 rubles for each one of you, and in the event that there should be a surplus in takings, then the whole surplus will go to all four of you. As we agreed, this series is provisionally scheduled to take place at the end of December and early January. So is it settled, then? I am glad that you are going to appear under the aegis of the Musical Society. And so, golubchik, answer the following at once:

1) will you be coming for the concert on 28 October?

2) does your quartet accept our invitation, and does the above scheduling suit you, i.e. might it perhaps be better to move the series to November so that you don't have to come to Russia twice? 

I embrace you! I kiss the hands of Anna Lvovna!

Yours,P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. In his reply from Leipzig on 6/18 June 1889 Adolph Brodsky confirmed that he would be playing at the Russian Musical Society concert which Tchaikovsky was scheduled to conduct in Moscow on 28 October/9 November 1889. The programme of that concert featured a symphony in D major by Mozart, Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, two dances from Mozart's opera Idomeneo, the first performance of the overture to Sergey Taneyev's opera Oresteia, an Adagio for solo violin by Spohr, a Spanish Dance for solo violin by Sarasate, and Glinka's Jota aragonesa. Brodsky's letter has been published in Воспоминания о русском доме (2006), p. 128.
  2. Brodsky had set up his own string quartet in Leipzig a few years earlier (this ensemble was known as the "Leipzig Quartet"). At the time of this letter its grouping included the following players: Brodsky (first violin), Hans Becker (second violin), Ottokar Nováček (viola), and Julius Klengel (cello). They would play in a series of chamber music soirées in Moscow on 31 October/12 November, 3/15 November, 7/19 November, and 10/22 November 1889, as well as at an equivalent soirée in Saint Petersburg on 16/28 November 1889. Note based on information provided in Воспоминания о русском доме (2006), p. 242.