|Date||November 1868 (?)|
|Addressed to||Mily Balakirev|
|Autograph Location||unknown |
|Publication||(February 2011), p. 5 (extracts only, in English translation)|
|Notes||Written on the back of a letter from Nikolay Rubinstein to Mily Balakirev.|
Text and Translation
This incomplete text is based on the excerpts (in German translation) published in Stargardt's 1979 auction catalogue , which may contain differences in formatting and content from Tchaikovsky's original letter.
By Luis Sundkvist
|. If it is at all possible, dear fellow, would you be so good as to include in the concert notes the short explanation which you'll find on the title-page of the 4-handed piano arrangement? I
I thank you for remembering me and for your intention of performing my piece |
intend to write you a long letter shortly, but for the time being I remain yours devotedly,
Notes and References
- Autograph auctioned in 1979 at Marburg by J. A. Stargardt.
- J. A. Stargardt, Autographen aus allen Gebieten (Marburg, 1979), item no. 965. The excerpt in German is as follows: "Ich danke für Ihr Gedenken und für die Absicht, mein Stück aufzuführen. Bemühen Sie sich, Täubchen, wenn es irgend geht, auf dem Programm die kleine Erklärung zu bringen, die sich im Titel des Klavierauszuges zu vier Händen befindet. Ich habe vor, Ihnen in Kürze einen langen Brief zu schreiben, aber unterdessen bleibe ich Ihr ergebener P. Tschaikowsky Grüßen Sie alle die Ihrigen und besonders Korsinka. (Er wird sich wohl viel mit meiner Pskowitjanka beschäftigt haben)."
- Tchaikovsky is referring to the Dances of the Chambermaids from his opera The Voyevoda. Ultimately, however, it was not Balakirev, but Anton Rubinstein who conducted the dances at a Russian Musical Society concert in Saint Petersburg on 25 January/6 February 1869, just five days before the opera's successful premiere at the Moscow Bol'shoi Theatre.
- It was probably during the spring of 1868 that Tchaikovsky seems to have passed on to Rimsky-Korsakov a libretto by Vsevolod Krestovsky for an opera on the subject of The Maid of Pskov (based on Lev Mey's popular historical drama), which is why he jokingly referred to it as "his" opera. However, Rimsky-Korsakov eventually decided to write his own libretto, and only finished work on the opera in 1872.