Letter 187

Date 1/13 April 1870
Addressed to Ivan Klimenko
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location unknown
Publication Мои воспоминания о Петре Ильиче Чайковском (1908), p. 52–53
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том V (1959), p. 21
П. И. Чайковский. Забытое и новое (1995), p. 82
Notes Telegram
Manuscript copy in Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve

Text and Translation

Based on a handwritten copy in the Klin House-Museum Archive, which may contain differences in formatting and content from Tchaikovsky's original telegram.

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
Известие ложное. Рубинштейн здоров, кланяется, благодарит. Я сильно обижен. Всем пишешь, а мне нет. Прерываю навсегда дружеские отношения.

News is false. Rubinstein is well, bows, thanks [1]. I am very offended. You wrote to everyone but me. I break off our friendship forever [2].

Notes and References

  1. Ivan Klimenko had telegrammed Tchaikovsky to enquire about Nikolay Rubinstein's health after he had read a newspaper report that he was gravely ill.
  2. As Klimenko recalled: "Pyotr Ilyich's humorous threat at the end of the above telegram was due to the fact that I only sent the telegram to him after I had already written to N. D. Kashkin and P. I. Jurgenson; I still wrote to him later" — quoted in П. И. Чайковский. Забытое и новое (1995), p. 82.