Paul Dultier

An unidentified correspondent, who it seems had written to Tchaikovsky in the summer of 1888 ,and that, absorbed as he was in his work on the Symphony No. 5 (begun in May that year), the composer had forgotten to reply. Perhaps Dultier had then written to him again, prompting a belated reply, written in Leipzig on 17 February/1 March 1889, in the middle of Tchaikovsky's second European conducting tour, in which the composer apologises for his lack of response, and promises to meet him on his forthcoming visit to Paris.

No one by the name of Paul Dultier features elsewhere in Tchaikovsky's known correspondence — nor is any meeting with such a person recorded in Tchaikovsky's diary during his stay in Paris from 8/20 March to 28 March/9 April 1889 [1].

Correspondence with Tchaikovsky

One letter from Tchaikovsky to Paul Dultier has survived, dating from 1889, and has been partly translated into English on this website:

Notes and References

  1. Searches in Google Books suggest that there was an author called Paul Dultier (pseudonym: Pierre Latin) who wrote such books as Oeillets et pensées (1894) and Fresques et arabesques (1922), but we have not been able to find out anything more about these or their author, nor can we be sure that it is the same person as Tchaikovsky's correspondent — see Tchaikovsky Research Bulletin No. 2 (April 2011), p. 42-43.