Letter 3829a

Date 27 March/8 April 1889
Addressed to Franz Schäffer
Where written Paris
Language German
Autograph Location unknown [1]
Publication Tschaikowsky-Gesellschaft Mitteilungen, Heft 14 (2007), p. 5
Tschaikowsky-Gesellschaft Mitteilungen, Heft 19 (2012), p. 121 (last sentence incomplete)

Text and Translation

German text
(original)
English translation
By Brett Langston
Paris
8 Avril 1889

Hochgeehrter Herr Schäffer!

Soeben schicke ich zu Ihnen die Correcturen

1) Vom Concert B-moll
2) Von der Partitur des Quartetts op. 11.

Leider habe ich nicht die Zeit gehabt, die 3 letzten Sätze von op. 11 durchzusehen. Bitte lassen Sie die Revision von einem guten Musiker machen.

Im Concert habe ich viel Fehler gefunden!!!

Hochachtungsvoll,

P. Tschaïkovsky

Ich fahre gleich nach London un[d] nach 3 Tagen nach Tiflis, Caucasus.

Paris
8 April 1889

Highly respected Herr Schäffer!

I am just now sending you the proofs

1) for the B-flat minor concerto
2) part of the full score of the Quartet, Op. 11 [2].

Unfortunately I did not have the time to look through the 3 last movements of Op. 11. Please have a good musician undertake the revision.

I found many mistakes in the concerto!!!

Respectfully,

P. Tchaikovsky

I am leaving for London now, and 3 days later for Tiflis, Caucasus.

Notes and References

  1. The autograph was auctioned on 14 November 2008 at the Hôtel Drouot, Paris, on 14 November 2008 [1], and was subsequently owned by the Musée des lettres et manuscrits in Paris, until the closure of that institution in 2015.
  2. Tchaikovsky had been correcting new editions of his Piano Concerto No. 1 and String Quartet No. 1 for the German publisher Rahter.