Letter 4604

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Date 25 January/6 February 1892
Addressed to Pyotr Jurgenson
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 2788)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Переписка с П. И. Юргенсоном, том 2 (1952), p. 230–231
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVI-Б (1979), p. 27

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
25 янв[аря 18]92
С[анкт] Петербург

Вероятно, ты уже знаешь от Осипа Ивановича, что я в Петербурге. Голландию я отложил до будущего года. Главное, мне хочется поспеть инструментовать несколько нумеров из нового балета, которые я обещал сыграть в концерте здешнего Муз[ыкального] общ[ества] 29 февраля. Если б я поехал в Голландию, то вернулся бы только к первой неделе поста. Кроме того, мне в Париже было весело только первые три дня, пока я был занят секстетом; когда я его тебе отправил, то на меня напала тоска и я решился поскорее домой ехать. Завтра уезжаю в Майданово. Тысячи франков, полученных по телеграфу, мне не хватило, и я должен был занять у Зилоти ещё 350 фр[анков], которые прошу тебя по возможности сейчас перевести в Париж (14, Rue Richepanse) на его имя.

Кончил ли Танеев переложение «Иоланты»? Если нет, то нельзя ли начать гравировать то, что есть? Впрочем, я надеюсь в Майданове найти письма, полученные в Париже после меня. Я засиделся здесь гораздо более, чем думал.


Твой П. Чайковский

25 January 1892
Saint Petersburg

You probably already know from Osip Ivanovich that I'm in Petersburg [1]. I've postponed Holland until next year [2]. The point is that I want to catch up with orchestrating some numbers from the new ballet, which I've promised will be played at a local Musical Society concert on 29 February [3]. Had I gone to Holland, then I would have only returned in the first week of Lent. Besides this I only enjoyed myself the first three days in Paris, while I was busy with the sextet; once I sent it to you I was beset by homesickness, and decided to leave for home as soon as possible. I leave tomorrow for Maydanovo [4]. I didn't have the thousand francs that were wired to me, and I had to borrow a further 350 francs from Ziloti, to whom I ask you to transfer as much as possible now in Paris (14, Rue Richepanse) in his name.

Has Taneyev finished the arrangement of "Iolanta"? If not, then is it possible to start engraving what he has already done?[5] Anyway, I hope to find at Maydanovo letters forwarded to me from Paris. I've stayed here far longer than I intended.

I embrace you.

Yours P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Tchaikovsky had arrived in Saint Petersburg from Paris on 21 January/2 February 1892.
  2. The planned tour of Holland did not ultimately take place.
  3. Tchaikovsky was orchestrating eight numbers to create a Suite from the ballet The Nutcracker, to replace the destroyed symphonic ballad The Voyevoda. The Suite was eventually heard a week later than scheduled, at the ninth symphony concert of the Saint Petersburg branch of the Russian Musical Society on 7/19 March 1892, conducted by the composer.
  4. The composer left Saint Petersburg on 27 January/8 February 1892, to return home to Maydanovo.
  5. Sergey Taneyev's arrangement of the vocal-piano reduction of the opera Iolanta was completed at the end of January/beginning of February 1892, and published by Jurgenson in April the same year.