Letter 3977

Date 28 November/10 December 1889
Addressed to Vladimir Frolov
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 3305)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XV-А (1976), p. 214

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
28 ноября [18]89 г[ода]

Милый дружок!

Письмо Ваше очень тронуло меня, и я от всей души буду стараться найти Вам работу. Не нуждаетесь ли Вы в денежной ссуде, конечно, по мере сил моих? Если да, то напишите мне в Петербург (Фонтанка 24), где я останусь до 12 дек[абря], или сюда после этого срока. Я говорил об Вас П. И. Юргенсону, который обещал дать Вам ответ, и в Консерватории, где тоже, при случае, воспользуются Вашим умением.

Сейчас еду в Петербург.

Ваш, П. Чайковский

Я бы Вам сейчас послал немного денег, да боюсь, что Вы этого не хотите!!

28 November 1889

Dear fellow!

Your letter [1] touched me greatly, and I shall endeavour with all my heart to find you work. Do you need a loan of money, naturally as much as I can? If so, then write to me in Petersburg (Fontanka 24) where I am staying until 12 December, or here after that time. I have told P. I. Jurgenson about you, who has promised to give you an answer, and the Conservatory where they will also from time to time take advantage of your skills.

I am leaving for Petersburg forthwith.

Yours, P. Tchaikovsky

I would send you a little money at once, but I fear you would not wish this!![2]

Notes and References

  1. Vladimir Frolov's letter to Tchaikovsky dated 17/29 November 1889 stated that the clarinettist was suffering from catarrh of the lungs and was unable to earn a living. As a former student at the Moscow Conservatory, he asked Tchaikovsky for assistance in finding alternative employment, such as making arrangements of compositions.
  2. Tchaikovsky petitioned the Moscow branch of the Russian Musical Society on Frolov's behalf, and they provided him with financial assistance in December 1889.