Letter 4636

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 9/21 March 1892
Addressed to Karl Albrecht
Where written Maydanovo
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow (Russia): Russian State Archive of Literature and Art
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVI-Б (1979), p. 52

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
9 марта с[ело]


Решительно отказываюсь приделывать аккомпанемент к вещи, задуманной без аккомпанемента. Пусть аккомпанементом будет буквальное переложение для ф[орте]п[иано] или же выдумывай, что хочешь, — я сердиться не буду. Не приедешь ли ко мне?


П. Чайковский

Только что вернулся из Питера.

9 March
Maydanovo village

I categorically refuse to tack accompaniment onto things conceived without accompaniment [1]. Let the accompaniment be a literal arrangement for piano, or devise whatever you want — I won't be angry. Why haven't you come to see me?

I hug you.

P. Tchaikovsky

I've just returned from Piter.

Notes and References

  1. Tchaikovsky was replying to Karl Albrecht's letter of 3/15 March 1892, in which Albrecht offered to provide piano accompaniment for Tchaikovsky's a cappella chorus Evening, so that it might be included in a new collection of choruses for men's voices with piano accompaniment to be published by Pyotr Jurgenson.