Letter 1020a

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 13/25 December 1878
Addressed to Anton Door
Where written Florence
Language French
Autograph Location unknown [1]
Publication Čajkovskijana aus alten Auktionskatalogen (2015), p. 102 (extracts only)

Text and Translation

This incomplete text is based on the fragments published in Sotheby's 1990 catalogue [2], and may contain differences in formatting and content from Tchaikovsky's original letter.

French text
English translation
By Brett Langston
[...] Le porteur de cette lettre est un jeune musicien polonais-russe [...] qui voudrait profiter de ce temps pour étudier avec un bon musicien la théorie de la fugue [...]

J'ai quitté le Conservatoire et ne le regrette nullement quoique je suis resté avec tout le monde dans les meilleurs termes [...]

[...] The bearer of this letter is a young Polish-Russian musician [...] who wishes to take advantage of this time to study the theory of fugue with a good musician [...]

I have left the Conservatory and have no regrets whatsoever, although I have remained on the best of terms with everyone [...]

Notes and References

  1. The autograph was auctioned in 1990 by Sotheby's, London.
  2. Sotheby's, Fine Printed and Manuscript Music. Wednesday 21st November 1990 (London, 1990), Lot 300. The letter is described as "a letter of introduction for a Polish/Russian musician who wishes to learn Fugue, giving news of his time in Florence, informing him of his resignation from the Conservatoire in St. Petersburg [sic] and sending his best wishes, 3 pages, small 8vo, some fraying at the edges, a postcard photograph mounted on the blank page, Florence, 25 December, no year [1878].