Letter 3812b

Date 1/13 March 1889
Addressed to Francesco Berger
Where written Hamburg
Language German
Autograph Location London (England): The British Library, Manuscripts Division. Manuscripts Division (RPS MS. 366, f. 160)
Publication Tschaikowsky-Gesellschaft Mitteilungen, Heft 20 (2013), p. 80

Text and Translation

German text
(original)
English translation
By Brett Langston
Hamburg 13 März [18]89

Geehrter Herr Berger!

Gleich erhalte ich Ihr zweiten Brief. Ich habe schon Ihnen heute früh geschrieben und wiederhole jetzt dass von der Suite werde ich die

1) Introd[uzione] u[nd] Fug[a]
2) Divertimento
3) Andante
4) Marche Miniature
5) Gavotte

Aufführen. Für die Suite brauche ich durchaus 3 Flöten von denen die dritte bald grosse, bald kleine Flöte spielt.

Die Stimmen bringe ich mit.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Ihr ergebenster,

P. Tschaïkovsky

Hamburg 13 March 1889

Respected Herr Berger!

I have just received your second letter. I have already written to you earlier today and will reiterate now that the Suite [1] as performed shall consist of

1) Introduzione and Fuga
2) Divertimento
3) Andante
4) Marche Miniature
5) Gavotte

It is essential to have 3 flutes for the Suite, of which the third player alternates between the large and little flutes.

I am bringing the parts with me.

Until we meet!

Your most devoted,

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Tchaikovsky's forthcoming concert at the St. James's Hall in London on 30 March/11 April would include his Suite No. 1, although the composer had decided to omit the fifth movement (Scherzo).