Letter 3144

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 13/25 January 1887
Addressed to Emiliya Pavlovskaya
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 278)
Publication Чайковский на Московской сцене (1940), p. 374
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XIV (1974), p. 17
Notes Telegram

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
«Черевички» пойдут понедельник 19[-го], прикажете ли приготовить ложу; буду счастлив, если приедете.

"Cherevichki" to go on Monday 19th, should I reserve a box; will be happy if you can come [1].

Notes and References

  1. This telegram was sent by Tchaikovsky in response to a letter from Emiliya Pavlovskaya written around 10/22 January 1887, in which she informed him that, contrary to what she had been promised earlier, the management of the Saint Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre could not release her from her obligations in the last week of January so that she could come to Moscow and attend the premiere of Cherevichki. Pavlovskaya said that she was very upset by this, but nevertheless asked Tchaikovsky to let her know the date of the premiere: "I shall at least mentally, with my heart, be following the course of your opera". As this telegram shows, Tchaikovsky was still overestimating the generosity of the Mariinsky Theatre's management towards its singers. Pavlovskaya's letter has been published in Чайковский на московской сцене (1940), p. 373.