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==Correspondence with Tchaikovsky==
 
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2 letters from Tchaikovsky to Max Erdmannsdörfer have survived, dating from the late 1880s:
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2 letters from Tchaikovsky to Max Erdmannsdörfer have survived, dating from the late 1880s, of which those highlighted in bold have been translated into English on this website:
 
* [[Letter 2984a]] – 25 June/7 July 1886, from [[Maydanovo]]
 
* [[Letter 2984a]] – 25 June/7 July 1886, from [[Maydanovo]]
* [[Letter 3139a]] – 1886–1888, from [[Moscow]]
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* '''[[Letter 3139a]]''' – 1886–1888, from [[Moscow]]
  
 
3 letters from Erdmannsdörfer to the composer, also dating from the late 1880s, are preserved in the [[Klin]] House-Museum Archive.
 
3 letters from Erdmannsdörfer to the composer, also dating from the late 1880s, are preserved in the [[Klin]] House-Museum Archive.

Latest revision as of 17:19, 3 December 2019

Max Erdmannsdörfer (1848-1905)

German conductor, pianist and composer (b. 14 June 1848 in Nuremberg; d. 14 February 1905 in Munich).

Tchaikovsky and Erdmannsdörfer

After studying at the Leipzig Conservatory, Erdmannsdörfer became concertmaster at Sonderhausen. In 1882 he became the principal conductor of the Russian Musical Society concerts in Moscow, and professor at the Moscow Conservatory. Tchaikovsky considered him to be "a very skillful, experienced and expert conductor", although he was "inclined to indulge the public's taste of exaggerated nuances" and "offhanded in his attitude to Russian music (except my own)" [1].

In 1874 he married the pianist and composer Pauline Fichtner (b. Oprawill, 1847–1916).

The list of Tchaikovsky's works premiered by Erdmannsdörfer includes the Symphony No. 1 (revised version, 1883), Suite No. 2 (1884), Concert Fantasia (1885), and the symphony Manfred (1886), The composer valued Erdmannsdörfer's arrangement of his Chant sans paroles (No. 3 from Souvenir de Hapsal, Op. 2) so highly that Tchaikovsky conducted it himself in 1892.

Dedications

In 1884 Tchaikovsky dedicated his Suite No. 3 in G major, Op. 55 (1884) to the conductor, to make amends for missing the premiere of his Suite No. 2, which had taken place earlier that year under Erdmannsdörfer direction [2].

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

2 letters from Tchaikovsky to Max Erdmannsdörfer have survived, dating from the late 1880s, of which those highlighted in bold have been translated into English on this website:

3 letters from Erdmannsdörfer to the composer, also dating from the late 1880s, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.

Bibliography

Notes and References

  1. Letter 2173 to Nadezhda von Meck, 12/24–13/25 December 1882.
  2. See Жизнь Петра Ильича Чайковского, том 2 (1901), p. 621, and Letter 2493 to Pyotr Jurgenson, 21 May/2 June 1884.