Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony (Sachsen) in Germany. During Tchaikovsky's lifetime it was part of the Kingdom of Prussia, and became part of the German Empire in 1871.
Tchaikovsky in Leipzig
Tchaikovsky visited Leipzig on four occasions:
|19/31 December 1887||26 December 1887/7 January 1888||Paying frequent visits to Adolph Brodsky and his wife Anna at their home in the city. The main purpose of his visit was to rehearse and conduct his Suite No. 1 at a Gewandhaus concert (24 December/5 January), but he also attended a chamber concert in his honour, and met several notable musicians, including Johannes Brahms, Carl Reinecke and Edvard Grieg.|
|15/27 January 1888||21 January/2 February 1888||Staying at the Hotel Hauffe, he dined frequently again with the Brodskys, he went to the theatre and various concerts, and met Gustav Mahler and Ferruccio Busoni for the first time.|
|29 January/10 February 1888||31 January/12 February 1888||After concert engagements in Berlin, he returned to the Hotel Hauffe in Leipzig, and watched a special performance on his behalf of Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (29 January/10 February), conducted by Arthur Nikisch.|
|17 February/1 March 1889||19 February/3 March 1889||Visiting the Brodskys again, where he heard a private performance of his own String Quartet No. 3 (18 February/2 March).|