Letter 3754a

Date 5/17 January 1889
Addressed to Hermann Wolff
Where written Frolovskoye
Language French
Autograph Location unknown [1]
Publication Tschaikowsky-Gesellschaft Mitteilungen (2012), p. 118 (original), p. 118–119 (German translation)
Notes Original incorrectly dated "1888"

Text and Translation

French text
(original)
English translation
By Brett Langston
5/17 Janvier [18]88
Klin, près Moscou

Cher Monsieur Wolff!

A peine avais-je expèdié hier ma lettre, que la Votre m'est arrivée. Elle contient une rèponse à ma question quant aux dâtes des concerts. Veuillez faire savoir à M[onsieu]r Wüllner que je voudrais faire entendre au public de Cologne ma 4me simphonie, mais que, si, par hasard, il tenait absolument à la Suite № 3, — je ne demande pas mieux que de la conduire. A lui de dècider. Vous me direz ce que M[onsieu]r Wüllner aura choisi quand je serai à Berlin, c'est à dire le 5 ou le 6 Fevrier.

Quant au programme de Dresde, c'est encore la simphonie № 4 que je voudrais éxécuter, mais si Vous me conseillez plutôt la suite № 3, — je veux bien! Je serai bien content de revoir Emile Sauer à Dresde, — c'est une vieille connaissance!

Au revoir, cher ami!

P. Tschaïkovsky

5/17 January 1888
Klin, near Moscow

Dear Monsieur Wolff!

I had only just sent my letter yesterday when yours reached me [2]. It contains the answer to my question about the date of the concerts. Please make Monsieur Wüllner [3] aware that I should like the Cologne public to hear my 4th symphony, but if it should happen that he were to absolutely insist on the Suite No. 3, then I could not ask for anything better than to conduct that there. It is for him to decide. You may inform me of Monsieur Wüllner's decision when I am in Berlin, that is, on 5 or 6 February [4].

As for the programme in Dresden, it is also the Symphony No. 4 that I wish to perform, but if you advise me otherwise then I should like the Suite No. 3 instead! I shall be happy to see Emile Sauer again in Dresden — he is an old acquaintance![5]

Until we meet, dear friend!

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. The autograph was auctioned in 1995 at Sotheby's, London, and was subsequently owned by the Musée des lettres et manuscrits in Paris, until that institution closed in 2015.
  2. This earlier letter from Tchaikovsky to Hermann Wolff has not yet come to light.
  3. Franz Wüllner (1832–1902), German composer and conductor, who was the kapellmeister of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne.
  4. Tchaikovsky conducted his Suite No. 3 in Cologne on 31 January/12 February 1889.
  5. On 8/20 February 1889, Tchaikovsky conducted his Symphony No. 4, and Piano Concerto No. 1 (soloist Emil von Sauer) at the Philharmonic Society concert in Dresden.