Letter 4990

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Date 26 July/7 August 1893
Addressed to Vasily Safonov
Where written Klin
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 352)
Publication Манфред под управлением Сафонова (1971), p. 94
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVII (1981), p. 148

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
26 июля [18]93

Дорогой Василий Ильич!

Письмо это передаст тебе Юлий Дмитриевич Энгель, желающий поступить в Моск[овскую] консерваторию. Я имел случай в Харькове познакомиться с ним и с его прекрасными способностями к музыке. Рекомендую его тебе с наилучшей стороны и прошу оказать всяческую помощь и сочувствие.

Искренно преданный,

П. Чайковский

26 July 1893

This is a letter of introduction to Yuly Dmitryevich Engel, who wishes to enrol in the Moscow Conservatory. I had occasion in Kharkov to become acquainted with him and his marvellous talent for music. I recommend him to you with the greatest respect, and ask you to afford him every assistance and sympathy [1].

Sincerely devoted,

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Joel (Yury) Engel (1868-1927) was accepted into the Moscow Conservatory in September 1893, where he studied with Sergey Taneyev and Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov, graduating in 1897. He went on to become a music critic and journalist, and was the author of many articles on Tchaikovsky's music.