Letter 4702

Date May 1892
Addressed to Besson
Where written Saint Petersburg
Language Russian
Autograph Location Saint Petersburg (Russia): Institute of Russian Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Pushkin House), Manuscript Department
Publication Нувеллист (September 1893), No. 5, p. 6–7
П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVI-Б (1979), p. 109
Notes Telegram

Text and Translation

Russian text
English translation
By Brett Langston
С живым интересом и полным удовольствием поздравляю Вас и Вашим изобретением Clarinette-pedale. Прелестная и характерная звучность этого инструмента значительно украсит нашу оркестровку, и я впредь намерен непременно пользоваться им, чтобы обогатить оркестр. It is with keen interest and a complete pleasure that I congratulate you on your invention — the Clarinette-pedale [1]. The charming and distinctive sonority of the instrument significantly complements our orchestration, and it is my firm intention to further use it to enrich the orchestra.

Notes and References

  1. This instrument, also known as the pedal clarinet, or contrabass clarinet, was first produced by Fontaine-Besson in Paris in 1889. In May 1892 the company launched a successful marketing campaign for the instrument, championed by Charles Gounod, and sought endorsements from other leading composers (such as this telegram from Tchaikovsky) which were published in the firm's advertisements.