Letter 278

Date 7/19 December 1872
Addressed to Ivan Klimenko
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location unknown
Publication Мои воспоминания о Петре Ильиче Чайковском (1908), p. 68
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том V (1959), p. 291
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, which may contain differences in formatting and content from Tchaikovsky's original letter.

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
7 декабря 1872 г[ода]

Клименочка! За твоё милое письмо благодарю, но не пишу тебе, ибо лень смертная, которую оттого преодолеть не могу, что из достоверных источников знаю, что ты к праздникам будешь в Москве. Остановиться можешь у меня со всеми удобствами.

Адрес: на Кудринскй площади, против фонтана, в д[оме] Казакова (у мучной лавки). Вероятно, на праздниках будет исполнена моя симфония, а потому не опаздывай, дабы доставить мне своим присутствием при исполнении оной удовольствие.

П. Ч.

7 December 1872

Klimenochka! I thank you for your dear letter [1], but I haven't written to you because there's no getting away from the fact that I'm as lazy as the dead, and I know from reliable sources that you'll be in Moscow over the holidays. You can stay with me and all my facilities.

The address: on Kundrinskaya Square, opposite the fountain, in the Kazakov House (with a butcher's shop) [2]. It's likely that my symphony will be performed over the holidays, so don't be late and allow me the pleasure of your presence at the performance [3].

P. T.

Notes and References

  1. Ivan Klimenko's letter has not survived.
  2. The composer rented an apartment at the Kazakov House on 46 Kudrinskaya Square from September 1872 until November 1873.
  3. The premiere of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 was originally scheduled for a Russian Musical Society concert on 11/23 January 1873, but was postponed because of the death of the Grand Duchess Yelena Pavlovna, who had been the patron of the RMS. Ivan Klimenko was not present at the rescheduled concert on 26 January/7 February 1873, where the symphony was conducted by Nikolay Rubinstein.