Letter 1463

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Date 1/13 April 1880
Addressed to Vasily Bessel
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow (Russia): Russian National Museum of Music (ф. 42, No. 260)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том IX (1965), p. 96

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
Василий Васильевич!

Я решительно не имел времени заехать сегодня к тебе и к нотариусу. Из Москвы напишу тебе. Корректуру Лароша возьму с собой и пришлю оттуда же, ибо тоже не имел времени.

П. Чайковский

I had absolutely no time to call on you or the notary today [1]. I'll write to you from Moscow. I'll take Laroche's proofs with me and send them from there, because I also didn't have the time [2].

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Tchaikovsky was negotiating a new contract with Bessel for publication of the revised version of his Symphony No. 2.
  2. Bessel had been publishing a set of Seven Romances by Tchaikovsky's friend Herman Laroche. It is not known whether Tchaikovsky had proof-read this edition himself, or had been asked to return the proofs on Laroche's behalf.