Venice

Map showing Venice

Venice (Venezia) is a city and provincial capital in the Lombardy (Lombardia) region of Italy.

During Tchaikovsky's lifetime it formed part of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia (until 1859), the Kingdom of Venetia (1859–66), and the Kingdom of Italy (from 1866).


Tchaikovsky in Venice

Tchaikovsky visited Venice on five occasions:

From Until Notes
late January/early February 1872 late January/early February 1872 During the composer's first visit to Italy.
17/29 April 1874 18/30 April 1874 During his summer vacation. This time he "wandered far and wide", finding the Doge's Palace "the utmost in finery and beauty", and went to "three churches with a whole mass of pictures by Titian and Tintoretto, statues by Canova, and all sorts of aesthetic treasures" [1].
11/23 November 1877 18/30 November 1877 Finishing the orchestration of Act I, Scene II of the opera Yevgeny Onegin.
2/14 December 1877 16/28 December 1877 Staying at the Hôtel Beau Rivage [see below], Tchaikovsky worked on the orchestration of his Symphony No. 4, completing the first movement on 11/23 December, the second on 13/25 December, and the third on 15/27 December. As a result of interruptions he was unable to work on the finale during his time in Venice.
15/27 November 1881 18/30 November 1881 Spending three days in the city on his way to Rome.
Plaque at the Hotel Londra Palace
The Tchaikovsky Suite at the Hotel Londra Palace

The Hôtel Beau Rivage is now the Hotel Londra Palace, where there is a plaque commemorating the composer's visit in 1877. His former room is now the "Tchaikovsky Suite".

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Notes and References

  1. Letter 347 to Modest Tchaikovsky, 17/29 April 1874.