Letter 3983

Date 11/23 December 1889
Addressed to Pyotr Jurgenson
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location Klin (Russia): Tchaikovsky State Memorial Musical Museum-Reserve (a3, No. 2660)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Переписка с П. И. Юргенсоном, том 2 (1952), p. 128
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XV-А (1976), p. 217.
Notes Original incorrectly dated "12 December" [O.S.]

Text and Translation

Russian text
(original)
English translation
By Brett Langston
12 дек[абря] 1889
Петербург

Милый друг!

Балет я посвящаю Ивану Александровичу Всеволожскому; не забудь это выставить на заглавном листе большими буквами. Он страшно гордится моим посвящением.

Балет пойдёт Бог знает когда! Вероятнее всего в январе. Во всяком случае я скоро буду в Москве. Корректуру хоров сделаю и пришлю завтра.

Твой, П. Чайковский

12 December 1889
Petersburg

Dear friend!

I am dedicating the ballet to Ivan Aleksandrovich Vsevolozhsky [1]; don't forget to put this on the title page in big letters. He is terribly proud of my dedication.

God knows when the ballet's going on! In all probability it will be January [2]. In any case, I shall soon be in Moscow. I've done the proofs of the choruses [3]. and will bring them tomorrow.

Yours, P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. The ballet The Sleeping Beauty.
  2. The Sleeping Beauty would receive its premiere at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg on 3/15 January 1890.
  3. The choruses The Nightingale and Legend, which were published by Jurgenson's firm in 1890.