Letter 4295

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Date 7/19 January 1891
Addressed to Eugen Albrecht
Where written Frolovskoye
Language Russian
Autograph Location Saint Petersburg (Russia), State Academic Mariinsky Theatre, Central Music Library (VII.2.4.154)
Publication П. И. Чайковский на сцене театра оперы и балета им. С. М. Кирова (1940), p. 416
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVI-А (1976), p. 22
Чайковский. Новые материалы к творческой биографии (2013), p. 104

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
7 янв[аря 18]91

Милый друг Евгений Карлович!

Я потерял список музыкантов, составляющих оркестр Михайловского театра. Пожалуйста, пришли мне его опять!

Обнимаю тебя.

П. Чайковский

Как подл мой секстет!!!!!!

7 January 1891

Dear friend Yevgeny Karlovich!

I've lost the list of musicians comprising the Mikhaylovsky Theatre orchestra. Please, send it to me again![1]

I embrace you.

P. Tchaikovsky

How foul is my sextet!!!!!![2]

Notes and References

  1. In his reply of 9/21 January 1891, Eugen Albrecht again listed the composition of the Mikhaylovsky Theatre orchestra in Saint Petersburg, for which Tchaikovsky was writing incidental music to Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
  2. After the first performances of his sextet Souvenir de Florence in the Russian capital on 25 November/6 December 1891, at which Albrecht played the first violin part, Tchaikovsky was unhappy with the work, and subsequently revised the work in January 1892.