I Still Love Him (Dargomyzhsky)
During her benefit performance of Rossini's opera The Barber of Seville in Moscow on 30 April/12 May 1868, Désirée Artôt sang two Russian songs which Tchaikovsky had apparently orchestrated specially for her, apparently at the request of the Italian Opera impresario Eugenio Merelli . One of these songs was Skylark (Жаворонок) by Mikhail Glinka (ČW 438) , while the other was I Still Love Him (Я всё ещё его, безумная, люблю) by Aleksandr Dargomyzhsky . Both were performed in Rosina's teaching scene in Act II of the opera.
No references survive to Tchaikovsky's work on these arrangements, which have been lost.
Dargomyzhsky's romance I Still Love Him was composed in 1851 to the poem The Mad Woman (Безумная) by Yuliya Zhadovskaya (1824-1883).