Tchaikovsky Research

Cologne (Köln) is the fourth-largest city in Germany, and part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen).

In Tchaikovsky's lifetime it was part of the Rhine Province of the Kingdom of Prussia, becoming part of the German Empire from 1871.

Tchaikovsky in Cologne

Tchaikovsky visited Cologne on three occasions:

From Until Notes
6/18 July 1873 7/19 July 1873 An overnight stop while travelling between Dresden and Zurich.
15/27 July 1887 15/27 July 1887 Stopping on his way to see Nikolay Kondratyev in Aachen; while waiting for the 6 pm train he paid two "very long" visits to Cologne Cathedral, and strolled along the banks of the Rhine [1].
30 January/11 February 1889 1/13 February 1889 To conduct the "excellent" Cölner Städtisches Orchester in a performance of his Suite No. 3 at the Gürzenich (31 January/12 February); he also met the musician Franz Wüllner, and attended a dinner given in his honour [2].


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Notes and References

  1. Letter 3287 to Modest Tchaikovsky, 16/28 July 1887.
  2. Diary entries for 30 January/11 February-1/13 February 1889.