|Date||28 January/9 February 1892|
|Addressed to||Pyotr Jurgenson|
|Autograph Location||Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 2789)|
|Publication|| (1952), p. 231|
(1979), p. 28–29
Text and Translation
By Brett Langston
28 янв[аря 18]92 г.
Только что приехал домой. Ожидал от тебя письма с интересующими меня известиями,—но такового не нашлось. Впрочем, может быть, получу сегодня. Имею сказать тебе кое-что.
Если не ошибаюсь, придется получить порядочную сумму, в Петербурге тоже. Если не получил,—то тем лучше, зараз после масленицы получим хороший куш.
Дома в Клину не покупаю, а, вероятно, буду строить на хорошем месте и с рассрочкой.
Принимаюсь за инструментовку тех нумеров балета, которые войдут в сюиту, а потом и за остальное. Думаю, что к лету кончу.
До свиданья. В скором времени побываю в Москве, ибо многое нужно переговорить с тобой, Танеевым и т. д.
Твой П. Чайковский
28 January 1892
I've just arrived home. I had been anticipating a letter from you with interesting news—but found no such thing. However, perhaps it will come today. I have some things to tell you:
If I'm not mistaken, you should be due a respectable amount, from Petersburg too. If you haven't received it yet then so much the better,—you should be in for a windfall after Lent.
I'm not buying a house at Klin, and will probably build a good place in instalments.
I'm starting with the orchestration of those numbers from the ballet which will go into the suite, and will then do the rest . I think it will be finished by the summer.
Yours P. Tchaikovsky
Notes and References
- G. Sennewald was Jurgenson's agent for Tchaikovsky's music in Warsaw, where the composer had visited from 28 December 1891/9 January 1892 to 3/15 January 1892. Presumably he obtained the edition there en route to Hamburg, where he had been asked to conduct a performance of the opera, although this was eventually premiered at the city's opera theatre under Gustav Mahler's direction on 7/19 January 1892.
- The Ecossaise had been inserted into Act III of Yevgeny Onegin in 1884, and appeared in the vocal-piano score published by Jurgenson in 1891.
- Sergey Taneyev's arrangement of the vocal score of the opera Iolanta was completed at the end of January/beginning of February 1892, and published by Jurgenson in April the same year. Tchaikovsky had asked the same question in Letter 4604 to Jurgenson, 25 January/6 February 1892.
- Tchaikovsky was orchestrating eight numbers to create a Suite from the ballet The Nutcracker, which he was to conduct at the ninth symphony concert of the Saint Petersburg branch of the Russian Musical Society on 7/19 March 1892. The completed full score of the ballet is dated 23 March/4 April 1892.