Letter 5039

Date 22 September/4 October 1893
Addressed to Sofiya Jurgenson
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 496)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVII (1981), p. 187

Text and Translation

Russian text
(original)
English translation
By Brett Langston
22 сент[ября]

Голубушка тётя Соня!

Простите, я не поеду с Вами к Троице, несмотря на все желание. Получил письмо от Модеста, который просит побывать сегодня в Малом театре и сообщить, как идут «Предрассудки» со сделанными им купюрами. Завтра наконец уезжаю домой.

Целую Ваши ручки,

П. Чайковский

Осипу Ивановичу и его барышням передайте искреннейшее сожаление, что не поеду с вами.

22 September

Golubchik Aunt Sonya!

Forgive me for not accompanying you to the Trinity [1], much as I would have wished. I received a letter from Modest, asking me to attend the Maly Theatre today and report on how Prejudices [2] goes with the cuts he has made. Tomorrow I shall finally be going home.

I kiss your hands.

P. Tchaikovsky

Give Osip Ivanovich and his young ladies my sincerest regrets that I won't be with you.

Notes and References

  1. Sofiya Jurgenson had invited Tchaikovsky to visit the Saint Sergius Trinity Monastery (Lavra) at Sergiyev Posad, north east of Moscow.
  2. Modest Tchaikovsky's play Prejudices (Предрассудки) was being performed at the Maly Theatre in Moscow in a new, shortened version.