Tchaikovsky Research

Nice is a city in the Alpes-Maritimes department and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France.

During Tchaikovsky's lifetime it was part of the Kingdom of Sardinia until 1860, when it became part of France.

Tchaikovsky in Nice

Tchaikovsky visited Nice on the following occasions:

From Until Notes
late December 1871/early January 1872 22 January/3 February 1872 Tchaikovsky visited during his Christmas break from the Moscow Conservatory. "The weather in Nice was quite awful; one time the rain was so heavy and the wind so terribly strong that the sea flooded almost the whole of Nice; one of the railway lines fell away, and an entire cliff collapsed and piled onto a large house full of people" [1]. The central section of the piano piece Humoresque—No. 2 of the Two Pieces, Op. 10—includes a folk tune which Tchaikovsky heard during this visit.
22 January/3 February 1878 24 January/5 February 1878 Accompanied by Modest Tchaikovsky and Nikolay Konradi, while staying mainly at nearby San Remo.
9/21 March 1881 12/24 March 1881 Tchaikovsky's visit was cut short by news of Nikolay Rubinstein's death in Paris.

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Notes and References

  1. Letter 251 to Ilya Tchaikovsky, 31 January/12 February 1872.