russ. Komponist (1840-1893). Autograph letter signed, in Cyrillic ("P. Tchaikovsky") ohne Ort. 8vo. 1 p. Doppelblatt. Faltspuren. Rückseitig alt leicht hinterlegt.
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Nice letter in Russian to Elena Pavlovna Glazunova (1846-1925), the mother of the Russian composer Alexander Glazunov (1865-1936). „I would very, very much like to spend the evening with you, but unfortunately I feel terribly sick, exhausted and absolutely unsuitable for company. Please let Sascha, Konstantin Ilyich and your guests express my best wishes. Yours sincerely, P. Tchaikovsky.“
Only a few days later, on December 18, 1892, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's ballet „The Nutcracker“ premiered in St.
Petersburg. It hit the nerve and is inevitably associated with Christmas time for generations of listeners.
Tchaikovsky is considered the most important composer of the 19th century in Russia, although he did not belong to the Group of Five. Tchaikovsky continued Anton Rubinstein's school, which was influenced by Western music. In addition to Alexander Glazunov, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov included Vladimir Stasov, Anatoly Lyadov, Alexander Ossovsky, Witold Maliszewski, Nikolai Tcherepnin, Nikolay Sokolov and Alexander Winkler were part of the Western orientated circle.
Glazunov's attitude to external influences was typical of the circle. He studied Tchaikovsky's works and „found a lot of new things ... that was instructive for us as young musicians. It struck me that Tchaikovsky, who was above all a lyrical and melodic composer, had included operatic elements in his symphonies.“
Tchaikovsky's best-known compositions include his last three symphonies, the violin concerto, his first piano concerto, the 1812 overture, and his opera „Eugene Onegin“. With „Swan Lake“, „Sleeping Beauty“ and „The Nutcracker“, he also wrote three of the most famous ballets in music history..