Aleksandra Hubert

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Aleksandra Hubert (1850–1937)

Russian pianist and teacher (b. 11/23 January 1850; d. 1937), born Aleksandra Ivanovna Batalina (Александра Ивановна Баталина); known after her marriage as Aleksandra Ivanovna Hubert (Александра Ивановна Губерт).

From 1874 until 1883 Aleksandra taught the piano at the Moscow Conservatory (where she had enrolled as a student in 1867), and here she met her future husband, Nikolay Hubert, who was professor of music theory. Both were close friends of Tchaikovsky, who also taught at the Conservatory during the 1870s. Aleksandra helped Tchaikovsky to make piano duet arrangements of his Suite No. 2 (1883) and Manfred symphony (1885), and she also made her own transcriptions of many of his other works.

Following Nikolay's death in 1888, Tchaikovsky helped Aleksandra to take over her husband's position as inspector at the Moscow Conservatory, and she retained this post until 1914.

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

65 letters from Tchaikovsky to Aleksandra Hubert have survived, dating from 1882 to 1893, of which those highlighted in bold are available in English translations on this website:

18 letters from Aleksandra Hubert to the composer, dating from 1886 to 1890, are preserved in the Klin House-Museum Archive.

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