Letter 3927a

Date 31 August/12 September 1889
Addressed to [unidentified male]
Where written Kamenka
Language French
Autograph Location unknown [1]
Publication Tchaikovsky Research Bulletin No. 1 (February 2011), p. 68 (extracts; with English translation)

Text and Translation

This incomplete text is based on the extracts published in Stargardt's 1988 auction catalogue [2], which may contain differences in formatting and content from Tchaikovsky's original letter.

French text
(original)
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
[...] le fait est que depuis 15 jours je suis en voyage et Votre lettre a pris bien du temps pour me rattrapper. A mon très grand regret, je ne puis Vous fournir une invitation pour un des concerts symphoniques de la Société Impériale Musicale Russe de la saison prochaine, car toutes les invitations sont faites et nous avons déjà un soliste pour chœur de nos concerts. Peut-être pourriez Vous jouer cet hiver à Petersbourg? [...] Quant à la saison suivante, celle de 1890-1891, je me réjouis de pouvoir recommander à la Direction de la Société Imperiale un artiste de votre merite et j'espère que cela s'arrangera [...] [...] the fact is that I have been away for the last 15 days, and your letter took quite a while to catch up with me. To my very great regret, I cannot provide you with an engagement for one of the Imperial Russian Musical Society's symphonic concerts during the coming season, because all the engagements have already been made and we already have a soloist for the chorus at our concerts. Perhaps you would like to perform in Petersburg this winter? [...] As for the next season, that of 1890/91, I am delighted to be able to recommend to the Imperial Society's board of directors an artist of your merit and I hope that this will work out [...]

Notes and References

  1. The autograph was auctioned in 1988 by J. A. Stargardt, Marburg.
  2. J. A. Stargardt, Autographen aus allen Gebieten (Marburg, 1988), p. 292.