Letter 414

Tchaikovsky Research
Date September or October 1875 [1]
Addressed to Sergey Taneyev
Where written Moscow
Language Russian
Autograph Location Moscow: Russian State Archive of Literature and Art (ф. 880)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. С. И. Танеев. Письма (1951), p. 4 ("March–May 1875")
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том V (1959), p. 415

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Luis Sundkvist
Серёжа! Я получил от Юрг[енсона] отчаянное письмо. Просит как можно скорее голоса концерта. Ради Бога, сделайте сегодня корректуры, — хотя бы поверхностно, и доставьте их Петру Ивановичу.
Ваш П. Чайковский

Когда я узнаю чудную интродукцию?

Serezha! I have received a desperate letter from Jurgenson. He's asking for the parts for the concerto as quickly as possible [2]. For God's sake, do the proof-reading today, even if it is only superficially, and deliver the proofs to Pyotr Ivanovich.
Yours P. Tchaikovsky

When shall I find out about the wondrous introduction? [3].

Notes and References

  1. The original letter is undated, but the references to the proofs of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and Taneyev's work on his Symphony No. 2 indicate that it was probably written in September or October 1875 (see also Letter 415).
  2. Taneyev proof-read the orchestral parts of the Piano Concerto No. 1, which Pyotr Jurgenson would publish in October that year.
  3. The Introduction to Taneyev's Symphony No. 2 in B-flat minor. Taneyev completed the sketches for it in 1875, but did not start orchestrating it until early 1877. The symphony was never completed or published. The surviving manuscripts contain various comments by Tchaikovsky.