Letter 303

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 1/13 May 1873
Addressed to Vasily Bessel
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow (Russia): Russian National Museum of Music (ф. 42, No. 230)
Publication Музыкальная новь (1923), No. 1, p. 53
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том V (1959), p. 317

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
Любезнейший Василий Васильевич!

Пишу тебе наскоро эти строки, чтобы попросить тебя не медля ни минуты выслать сюда партитуру моей симфонии. Она должна быть исполнена на экстренном концерте с вели[им] князем. Вечером напишу тебе более подробно.

П. Чайковский

Most gracious Vasily Vasilyevich!

I'm writing these lines to you in haste, in order to ask you for not a moment's delay in sending the score of my symphony here [1]. It must be performed at a special concert with the Grand Duke [2]. I'll write to you with more details in the evening.

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2, Op. 17, in its original version, was performed in Moscow on 15 May 1873 at a special Russian Musical Society concert, conducted by Nikolay Rubinstein.
  2. The Grand Duke Konstantin Nikolayevich, who was the president of the Russian Musical Society.