Dear Tchaikovsky specialists,
Would someone be able to assist me in locating the following treatise by
Kratkiy uchebnik garmoniy, prisposoblennïy k chteniyu dukhovno-muzïkal'nikh
sochineniy v Rossiy [A short manual of harmony, adapted to the study
of religious music in Russia], 1874 (Moscow, 1875); TW iiia, 164–217
According to New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, it would have
been reprinted around 1950s in P.I. Chaykovsky: Polnoye sobraniye sochineniy:
literaturnïye proizvedeniya i perepiska [Complete works: literary works
and correspondence], i–xvii (Moscow, 1953–81), vol. iiia. However, I have
been unable to find this publication anywhere, including major Russian libraries
and the Library of Congress.
Thank you for your enquiry. This little-known publication was commissioned
from Tchaikovsky in 1874 by the Ancient Russian Society for the Arts, of which
Tchaikovsky was a newly-enrolled member. The text was completed by January
1875, under the title Kratkii uchebnik garmonii. Sostavlennyi dlia khorovykh
uchitelei i regentov P. Chaikovskim, professorom Moskovskoi konservatorii
(A Short Manual of Harmony. Compiled for choral teachers and students by
P. Chaikovskii, Professor at the Moscow Conservatory).
The first edition, comprising 79 pages, appeared under the title Kratkii
uchebnik garmonii: Prisposoblennyi k chteniiu dukhovno-muzykal´nykh sochinenii
v Rossii (Moscow: P. Jurgenson, 1875); this was reprinted in 1895, two
years after the composer's death.
The only more recent publication we know of is the one you found listed
in the New Grove, i.e. in Vol. III-a of Tchaikovsky's literary works
and correspondence (Polnoe sobranie sochinenii: Literaturnye proizvedeniia
i perepiska. Moscow, 1953–81; 17 volumes). Edited by Vladimir Protopopov,
vol. III-a also includes Tchaikovsky's better-known Guide to the Practical
Study of Harmony, and it was published in 1957 by the State Music Publishing
House in Moscow.
The Library of Congress's Online Catalogue (http: //catalog.loc.gov) shows the following
LC Control No. : 63026310
Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal Name: Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840–1893.
Main Title: Polnoe sobranie sochineniĭ.
Description: 13 v. 23 cm.
Subjects: Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840–1893.
Music—Analysis, appreciation. [from old catalog]
LC Classification: ML410.C4 A275
LC Copy: Microfilm Music 737.
CALL NUMBER: ML410.C4 A275
This entry appears to relate to the Literaturnye proizvedeniia i perepiska
series, of which volume III a was the only one published in 1957. As this
is the date of the earliest volume in the set held by the LoC, there is a
very good chance that this is the one you require, although the component
volumes are not listed separately in the on-line catalogue. You may also be
able to use the above citation to locate copies in other library catalogues
nearer to your location.