|Date||between 2/14 and 10/22 November 1876|
|Addressed to||Vasily Bessel|
|Autograph Location||Moscow (Russia): Russian National Museum of Music (ф. 42, No. 256)|
|Publication||(1961), p. 84|
Text and Translation
By Brett Langston
Потрудись уплатить подателю сего письма 1 р[убль], а прилагаемое письмо и рукопись отправить тотчас же к Комиссаржевскому.
Твой, П. Чайковский
Yours, P. Tchaikovsky
Notes and References
- See Letter 512 to Pyotr Jurgenson of the same date.
- The tenor Fyodor Komissarzhevsky was performing the title role in Tchaikovsky's opera Vakula the Smith, whose premiere would take place at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 24 November/6 December 1876. The letter and manuscript referred to have not survived, but they may have contained changes to the role of Vakula that were requested by the performer when he met the composer in late October/early November 1876. It is also possible that this manuscript contained the song Tell Me, What in the Shade of the Branches?, which would later be published as No. 1 of the Six Romances, Op. 57 (1884), and which Tchaikovsky indicated had been written for Komissarzhevsky some considerable time before the rest of Op. 57.