Letter 2167

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 30 November/12 December 1882
Addressed to Sergey Taneyev
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow: Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (ф. 880)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. С. И. Танеев. Письма (1951), p. 90
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XI (1966), p. 289.

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
Ради Бога, простите! Мне казалось, что я обещал обедать у Вас вообще на этой неделе, без обозначение дня. Так как Третьяковы мне чуждые люди, то было бы неловко отменить их обед, и я очень прошу добрейшую Варв[ару] Павл[овну] позволить вместо сегодня обедать у Вас в пятницу. Увижу Вас в консерватории.
П. Чайковский

For God's sake, forgive me! I had the impression that I had promised to dine with you this week generally, without specifying the day. Since I am not closely acquainted with the Tretyakovs, it would be awkward to cancel my dinner appointment with them, and I beseech most kind Varvara Pavlovna to allow me to dine at your house on Friday instead of today. I shall see you at the Conservatory [1].
P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. In his brief note written earlier that day, on 30 November/12 December 1882, Taneyev wrote: "Upon returning from Petersburg [where Taneyev had taken part in the first performance there of the Piano Trio] I heard that you had promised to come and have dinner with us today (Tuesday), as a result of which I also invited the Maslovs. But when I went to the Maslovs' house I heard from Varvara Ivanovna that Makovsky [who was painting Tchaikovsky's portrait at the time] had told her that you had promised to dine today with Tretyakov [either Pavel Tretyakov, the commissioner of that portrait, or his younger brother Sergey]. Is this latter information correct or not? I await your reply and do not yet give up the hope of receiving a reply which would please us all, that is, that you will be coming to our house around five o'clock. I am deliberately not writing anything about the trio, because I wish to tell you everything personally when we meet. Please send back a reply with the bearer of this note". Taneyev's letter has been published in П. И. Чайковский. С. И. Танеев. Письма (1951), p. 90.