Letter 4320

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 1/13 February 1891
Addressed to Yekaterina Laroche
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location unknown
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVI-А (1976), p. 45
Notes Photocopy in Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
1-е февраля

Завтра утром зайду к Вам. Простите, пожалуйста, что утром не мог отвечать, — я ехал на репетицию и, как водится, очень волновался. Сегодня выдался день, что мне ни минуты нет свободной.

Уэр хав Ю бот дзе фотографи? Энд уай? Ай кан гив Ю даром.

П. Ч.

1st February

I'll come to you tomorrow morning. Please forgive me for being unable to answer in the morning [1], — I went to rehearsals [2] and, as usual, was very flustered. Today has been of those days when I didn't have a minute free.

Where have you bought the photograph? And why? I can give you gratis?[3]

P. T.

Notes and References

  1. Yekaterina Laroche's letter to Tchaikovsky has not survived.
  2. Tchaikovsky was rehearsing his Suite No. 3 for a concert at the Patriotic Institute in Saint Petersburg on 3/15 February 1891.
  3. Except for the last word, Tchaikovsky wrote this sentence phonetically in English using Cyrillic characters, which transliterates as: "Uer khav Yu bot dze fotografi? End uay? Ay can giv Yu darom".