Letter 3984

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Date 13/25 December 1889
Addressed to Pyotr Jurgenson
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 2661)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XV-А (1976), p. 218

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
Спасибо за заглавный лист! По-французски M[onsieu]r Jean Wsewolojsky. Во вторник буду в Москве.
П. Чайковский

Русское посвящение можно без слова посвящается; впрочем, как хочешь. Относительно Арса поговорим при свидании.

Твой, П. Чайковский

Балет пойдёт в январе.

Thank you for the title page! In French it's Monsieur Jean Wsewolojsky [1]. I'll be in Moscow on Tuesday.
P. Tchaikovsky

The Russian dedication might omit the word dedicated; however, do as you wish. We'll discuss Ars when we meet [2].

Yours, P. Tchaikovsky

The ballet is going on in January [3].

Notes and References

  1. In Letter 3983 written the previous day, Tchaikovsky had asked his publisher to put a dedication to Ivan Vsevolozhsky on the title page of the piano score of his new ballet The Sleeping Beauty.
  2. In a letter dated 11/23 December 1889, Jurgenson had objected to the use of some of Tchaikovsky's music by the composer and director Nikolay Andreyevich Ars (1858-1902).
  3. The Sleeping Beauty would receive its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 3/15 January 1890.