Letter 4606

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Date 28 January/9 February 1892
Addressed to Pyotr Jurgenson
Where written Maydanovo
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 2789)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Переписка с П. И. Юргенсоном, том 2 (1952), p. 231
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVI-Б (1979), p. 28–29

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English translation
By Brett Langston
28 янв[аря 18]92 г.
Милый друг!

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.

1) Едучи в Гамбург, я захватил у Зенневальда экземпляр «Евг[ения] Он[егина]», дабы приготовиться к дирижированию. Просматривая его, я нашел, к своему удивлению, массу всяческих ошибок. Между тем это новое издание, ибо там имеется экосез. Так как в новой партитуре теперь выставлены метрономы, то желательно, чтобы таковые были в клавираусцуге. Нельзя ли вообще приготовить новое издание его с исправлением ошибок и с метрономами?
2) Кончил ли Танеев переложение «Иоланты»? Нельзя ли начать гравировать?
3) 7-го марта я буду дирижировать в Петербурге сюитой из нового балета. В ней очень важную роль будет играть Celesta. Поэтому нельзя ли его препроводить в Петербург и поручить кому-нибудь настроить инструмент согласно с петербургским камертоном? Помнится, ты говорил, что это возможно.
4) Получил ли ты секстет? Прости, тебя что я вытребовал у ты за 400 рублей. Не знаю, получил ли за «Пиковую даму» деньги с театра?

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
Dear friend!

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:

1) On my way to Hamburg, I grabbed a copy of Yevgeny Onegin by Sennewald, in order to prepare for my conducting [1]. Looking through it I found, to my surprise, all sorts of numerous errors. This has to be a new edition, mind you, because it had the ecossaise [2]. Since the new full score now has metronome marks included, it is desirable to have the same in the piano reduction. Is it possible at all to prepare a new edition of it with the errors corrected and with the metronome marks?
2) Has Taneyev finished the arrangement of "Iolanta"? Could the engraving be started? [3]
3) On 7 March I will be conducting in Petersburg the suite from the new ballet. It has a very important role played by the Celesta. Therefore, could it be sent to Petersburg and entrusted to someone who can adjust the instrument in accordance with Petersburg tuning? I recall that you said this was possible.
4) Did you receive the sextet? Forgive me for charging you 400 roubles for it. I don't know whether you have received money from the theatre for The Queen of Spades?

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 [4]. I think it will be finished by the summer.

Farewell. In the near future I will visit Moscow, because there is much to discuss with you, Taneyev, etc.

Yours P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

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  1. 1.0 1.1 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.
  2. 2.0 2.1 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.
  3. 3.0 3.1 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.
  4. 4.0 4.1 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.