Letter 4946

Date 29 May/10 June–30 May/11 June 1893
Addressed to Adelina Bolska
Where written London
Language French and Russian
Autograph Location Moscow (Russia): Russian National Museum of Music (Ф. 314, No. 8)
Publication П. И. Чайковский. Полное собрание сочинений, том XVII (1981), p. 107

Text and Translation

French and Russian text
(original)
English translation
By Brett Langston
Chère Comptesse!

Je m'empresse de Vous adresser mes félicitations les plus chaleureuses à l'occasion de la grande et inatendue nouvelle, que Vous avez eu la bonté de m'annoncer.

Cependant je ne puis m'empecher de regretter que cet heureux evénement prive Moscou et toute la Russie d'une charmante et on ne peut plus sympatique artiste.

Дай Вам Бог всяческого счастья и благополучия. Не знаю, увидимся ли в Париже; я ещё не решил, куда поеду из Англии; это зависит от некоторых писем, которые я ожидаю. Во всяком случае до свидания, ибо твёрдо надеюсь иметь удовольствие увидеться с Вами.

Целую Ваши ручки; мамаше низкий поклон и почтение супругу Вашему.

Искренне преданный,

П. Чайковский

Dear Countess!

I hasten to send you my warmest congratulations on the occasion of the great and unexpected news of which you had the kindness to inform me [1].

Yet I can not help but regret that this happy event shall deprive Moscow and all Russia of a charming artist who could not be more well-received.

May God grant you every happiness and prosperity. I do not know whether I shall see you in Paris; I have not decided where I am travelling from England; it depends upon some letters that I am expecting. In any case, until we meet, because I am determined to have the pleasure of seeing you.

I kiss your hands; my deepest bow to your mother, and regards to your wife.

Sincerely devoted,

P. Tchaikovsky

Notes and References

  1. Adelina Bolska had invited Tchaikovsky to her wedding to Count Denheim-Brochatsky.