Letter 170

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Date 20 December 1869/1 January 1870
Addressed to Mily Balakirev
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Saint Petersburg (Russia): National Library of Russia (ф. 834, ед. хр. 11, л. 31–32)
Publication Переписка М. А. Балакирева и П. И. Чайковского (1868-1891) [1912], p. 53
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том V (1959), p. 197
Милий Алексеевич Балакирев. Воспоминания и письма (1962), p. 149

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
20 декабря 1869 г.

Пишу Вам несколько строк по поручению Н. Рубинштейна. Он желает наверно знать, когда Вы будете. Назначьте одно из следующих чисел: 2-е, 9-ое, 16-ое, 22-ое, т. е. по пятницам. Играть в Вашем концерте он никак не может, так как Лауб обиделся бы ужасно. Хоры готовы. Ответ ему нужен как можно скорее.

Прощайте, голубчик; увертюра моя переписывается.

П. Чайковский

20 December 1869

I am writing you a few lines at the request of N. Rubinstein. He wants to know for sure when you will be here. Please could you fix one of the following dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 22nd, i.e. these are all Fridays. There is just no way that he can play in your concert, because Laub would feel terribly offended. The choruses are ready. He needs a reply as soon as possible [1].

Goodbye, golubchik. My overture [2] is in the process of being copied.

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. This letter refers to the plans for a Russian Musical Society concert in Moscow at which Balakirev would conduct. Balakirev had hoped that Nikolay Rubinstein would appear as a soloist at this concert. The date eventually chosen was 9/21 January 1870, but it was then postponed until 16/28 January. However, as a Free Music School concert to raise funds for the Slavic Benevolent Committee was due to take in place in Saint Petersburg on 15/27 January, and Balakirev had agreed to conduct at that concert, he could not stay in Moscow and the concert there on 16/28 January went ahead without his participation.
  2. The first version of Romeo and Juliet.