|Date||15/27 May 1870|
|Addressed to||Mily Balakirev|
|Autograph Location||Saint Petersburg (Russia): National Library of Russia (ф. 834, ед. хр. 24)|
|Publication|| , p. 58 |
(1959), p. 217
(1962), p. 153
Text and Translation
By Luis Sundkvist
|Выезжаю воскресенье. Привезу всё что требуете и палочку Берлиоза.
|Am leaving Sunday. Will bring everything you ask for including Berlioz's baton .
Notes and References
- Tchaikovsky seems to have sent this telegram in response to a letter from Balakirev which has not survived. In a letter to Tchaikovsky written the previous year, on 31 March/12 April 1869, Balakirev had said that he was going to send Nikolay Rubinstein the baton which Berlioz had given him as a present in February 1868 at the end of his second visit to Russia. Balakirev wanted Rubinstein to use this baton when conducting Berlioz's Requiem at a special concert in Moscow in memory of the recently-deceased French master. See this earlier letter of Balakirev's in (1962), p. 131–132. During his short stay in Saint Petersburg from 18/30 May to 21 May/2 June 1870 before departing abroad Tchaikovsky returned Berlioz's baton to Balakirev.