|Date||20 September/2 October 1884|
|Addressed to||Sergey Taneyev|
|Autograph Location||Moscow: Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (ф. 880)|
|Publication|| (1951), p. 114|
(1970), p. 443
Text and Translation
By Luis Sundkvist
Милый Сергей Иванович!
Пьеса к субботе готова не будет; я не приеду. Когда справлюсь и соберусь в Москву, дам Вам знать.
Ничего, что Ваша партитура ещё несколько дней останется?
Dear Sergey Ivanovich!
Do you mind if your score  remains here for a few more days?
Notes and References
- Tchaikovsky was then working on the orchestration of his Concert Fantasia (a task which he would complete at Pleshcheyevo on 24 September/6 October), but during an earlier meeting with Taneyev in Moscow on 2/14 or 3/15 September he seems to have given his former student a copy of the piano part so that he could start studying it, since Tchaikovsky very much hoped that his new work could be premiered by Taneyev at a Russian Musical Society concert before the end of the year. This did not work out, though, and the Concert Fantasia was not premiered until 22 February/6 March 1885 at a concert in Moscow conducted by Max Erdmannsdörfer and with Taneyev as the soloist [back]
- The score of the first movement of Taneyev's Third Symphony in D minor. Taneyev had completed his new symphony in outline in late March/early April 1884, and had played it to his former teacher in Moscow on 26 August/7 September (see Tchaikovsky's Letter 2538 to his brother Modest on 1/13 September 1884; and Taneyev's letter of 28 August/9 September 1884 to Varvara Maslova in (1951), p. 395). At one of his subsequent meetings with Tchaikovsky in Moscow (on 2/14-3/15 September and mid/late September) Taneyev had evidently given him the full score of the first movement which he wanted him to look over. Tchaikovsky would provide a detailed appraisal of the opening movement and its orchestration in letter 2560 to Taneyev, 28 September/10 October 1884. Taneyev completed the orchestration of the remaining movements on 4/16 October. The symphony, which was dedicated to Anton Arensky but was never published, was first performed at a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow on 26 January/7 February 1885, conducted by Taneyev himself. For more information on Taneyev's Third Symphony, see Sergey Popov, «Неизданные сочинения и работы С. И. Танеева—Археографический очерк» (Unpublished compositions and works by S. I. Taneyev. An archaeographical outline) in Сергей Иванович Танеев. Личность, творчество и документы его жизни (Moscow / Leningrad, 1925), p. 145–149 [back]