Ivan Klimenko

Ivan Klimenko (1841-1914)

Architect, railway official, amateur musician, and friend of Tchaikovsky (b. 1841; d. 1914), born Ivan Aleksandrovich Klimenko (Иван Александрович Клименко).

Klimenko first met Tchaikovsky during the early 1860s at Aleksandr Serov's house in Saint Petersburg, and later became one of the composer's closest friends during his period of residence in Moscow (1866–1878). In 1908 Klimenko published his own reminiscences of the composer: My Recollections of P. I. Tchaikovsky [1].


In 1869 Tchaikovsky dedicated the song Why? — No. 5 of the Six Romances, Op. 6, Op. 6 — to Klimenko.

In 1887 he also wrote the humorous poem "To Klimenko" (TH 389), contained in Letter 3349 (see below).

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

19 letters from Tchaikovsky to Ivan Klimenko have survived, dating from 1869 to 1893, of which those highlighted in bold have been translated into English on this website:


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