Trostinets

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Trostianets (Тростянець), is a city in the Okhtyrka district (Охтирський район) in the Sumy oblast (Сумська область) of Ukraine. During Tchaikovsky's lifetime it was known as Trostinets (Тростинец), and formed part of the Akhtyrka district (Ахтырский уезд) in the Kharkov province (Харьковская губерния) of the Russian Empire.

Tchaikovsky in Trostinets

Tchaikovsky spent the summer of 1864 at the family estate of Prince Aleksey Golitsyn at Trostinets, during which he wrote his overture The Storm. On Tchaikovsky's name-day (29 June/10 July), the prince organised a festival in honour of his friend. A celebratory breakfast was followed later that evening by a carriage ride through the forest, "where the whole road had been flanked with flaming pitch barrels, while in a pavilion in the midst of the woods a feast for the peasants had been set up as well as a sumptuous supper in honour of the subject of the celebration" [1].

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