Konstantin Batyushkov

Tchaikovsky Research
Konstantin Batyuskhov (1787-1855)

Russian poet, essayist, translator and diplomat (b. 18/29 May 1787 in Vologda; d. 7/19 July 1855 in Vologda), born Konstantin Nikolayevich Batyushkov (Константин Николаевич Батюшков).

Tchaikovsky's Settings of Works by Batyuskhov

Batyuskhov's poem Epitaph for a Shepherdess (Надпись на гробе пастушки), published in 1810, was used by Tchaikovsky in Polina's Romance (Act I, No. 8) of the opera The Queen of Spades (1890).

The short verse Apophthegm of Melchizedek (Изречение Мельхиседека), written around 1821 but not published until 1834, was quoted in the concert programme (and possibly the manuscript score) of Tchaikovsky's symphonic fantasia Fatum (1868), although it was apparently unknown to the composer at the time the fantasia was written.

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