Letter 3570

Tchaikovsky Research
Date 16/28 May 1888
Addressed to Pyotr Jurgenson
Where written Frolovskoye
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 2605)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Переписка с П. И. Юргенсоном, том 2 (1952), p. 91
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XIV (1974), p. 433

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
16 мая

Милый друг!

Ты переслал мне письмо Арто, переданное тебе, вероятно, г[оспож]ей Волпянской. Оставила ли она мне свой адрес? Куда ей писать? Мне нужно войти в письменные сношения с ней.

Приеду я не раньше начала будущей недели.

Отчего ты не отвечаешь на письмецо моё, посланное на днях?

Твой П. Чайковский

16 May

Dear friend!

You forwarded me Artôt's letter, presumably passed to you by a Miss Volpyanskaya [1]. Did she leave me her address? Where should I write to her? I need to enter into correspondence with her.

I won't be coming before the start of next week.

Why haven't you replied to the note I sent the other day?[2]

Yours P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. In her letter from Berlin on 2/14 April 1888 Désirée Artôt-Padilla had told Tchaikovsky that one of her pupils, Darya Nikolayevna Volpyanskaya (b. 1861; stage name Doroteya Mirskaya), would be coming to Moscow soon, and she asked the composer to assist her as best as he could. It seems that Artôt had given her pupil this letter to take with her to Moscow in the hope that Tchaikovsky would be there at the same time and that Miss Volpyanskaya could then pass it on to him. However, Tchaikovsky had only passed through Moscow briefly in late March/early April while on his way home to Frolovskoye after his holiday in Tiflis (a three weeks' holiday he took immediately after the conclusion of his first European conducting tour). Artôt's letter has been published in Чайковский и зарубежные музыканты (1970), p. 193.
  2. Letter 3565 to Pyotr Jurgenson, 10/22 May 1888.