Letter 234

Date 17/29 May 1871
Addressed to Anatoly Tchaikovsky
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location unknown
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Письма к родным (1940), p. 173
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том V (1959), p. 255–256
Notes Manuscript copy in Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve

Text and Translation

Based on a handwritten copy in the Klin House-Museum Archive (without the signature), which may contain differences in formatting and content from Tchaikovsky's original letter.

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
17 мая 1871 г.

Сладчайший леденец моего сердца!

Выезжаю отсюда около 30-го; сутки или двое провожу Конотопе, оттуда в Киев, забираю дурака и с ним вместе пру в Каменку.

Твой брат и повелитель.

Адамову напишу.

17 May 1871

Sweetest lollipop, my heart!

I leave here around the 30th; will spend a day or two at Konotop, thence to Kiev, taking the idiot with me to Kamenka [1].

Your brother and master.

I'm writing to Adamov [2].

Notes and References

  1. Tchaikovsky met his brother Modest in Kiev, before accompanying him to their sister Aleksandra's home at Kamenka.
  2. Vladimir Stepanovich Adamov (1838-1877), departmental director at the Ministry of Justice, and the composer's old schoolfriend from the Imperial School of Jurisprudence. No letters from Tchaikovsky to Adamov have survived.