Pavel Fyodorov

Tchaikovsky Research
Pavel Fyodorov (1803-1879)

Russian dramatist and translator (b. 1803; d. 11/23 March 1879), born Pavel Stepanovich Fyodorov (Павел Степанович Фёдоров).

Fyodorov's first light comedy — Peace from Turkami (Мир с турками) — was produced in 1853, and he went on to produce 17 plays, and 57 translations of French vaudevilles. He was the head of the repertory of the Imperial Theatres in Saint Petersburg from 1853 to 1879, and his influence played a significant role in the development of Russian theatre. Tchaikovsky negotiated with Fyodorov over the staging of his early operas Undina (1869) and The Oprichnik (1870-72).

Tchaikovsky's Settings of Works by Fyodorov

In 1867 Tchaikovsky wrote music to accompany an amateur production in Moscow of Fyodorov's one-act vaudeville The Tangle, which had been premiered at Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 13/25 January 1841. This was actually an adaptation of the French farce Le mot fin by "Paul Dandre" — a pseudonym used collectively by the authors Eugène Labiche (1815-1888), Auguste Lefranc (1814-1878), and Marc-Antoine-Amédée Michel (1812-1868).

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

2 letters from Tchaikovsky to Pavel Fyodorov have survived, dating from 1869 and 1872, both of which have been translated into English on this website: