Letter 935

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 7/19 October 1878
Addressed to Sergey Taneyev
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow: Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (ф. 880)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. С. И. Танеев. Письма (1951), p. 39
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том VII (1962), p. 421
Notes Dated according to a note by Sergey Taneyev: "Received Saturday 7 October '78".

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
Я уезжаю сегодня вечером. Приходите ко мне обедать в 5 часов.
П. Чайковский

I'm leaving this evening. Come to me for dinner at 5 o'clock [1].
P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Having decided to abandon his teaching post at the Moscow Conservatory once and for all and to go abroad later that year (but first spending the rest of October in Saint Petersburg), Tchaikovsky gave a farewell dinner on the day of this letter. Apart from Taneyev (who wrote "Received on 7 October 1878 [O.S.], Saturday" on this invitation, thus allowing it to be dated precisely), also present at this dinner were Nikolay Rubinstein, Karl Albrecht, Pyotr Jurgenson, and Nikolay Kashkin. Tchaikovsky set off for Saint Petersburg that very evening — note based on information in Дни и годы П. И. Чайковского. Летопись жизни и творчества (1940), p. 190, and in Vladimir Zhdanov's note in П. И. Чайковский. С. И. Танеев. Письма (1951), p. 40.