13 Malaia Morskaia
For some time now I have taken an interest in Tchaikovsky's death site
and have heard of the possibility of Modest's apartment (at 13 Malaia Morskaia, Saint Petersburg) being converted to a museum. Has anything materialized from
these rumors? Last I contacted museum at Klin they had no knowledge of further
developments. Also I would like if possible to get a layout of the apartment.
Last I heard there were squatters living there (back in 1995). It appears
now they are renting apartments out of that building.
In regard to the Tchaikovsky Museum in Klin what are the possibilities
of getting a full inventory of its artifacts and also I heard that his suits
are still hanging there. Could one get pictures of them. As you can see I
have more than just a casual interest in the composer.
And another thing how can one get piano solo reductions of certain of his
orchestral works such as the Third Suite Op. 55 etc.
The project to convert Tchaikovsky's last address on Malaia Morskaia street
in Saint Petersburg to a museum was never realized. The apartment is currently
in private hands and only a memorial plaque on the building's outside wall
tells us about the tragic events of 25 October 1893. The N. A. Rimskii-Korsakov
Museum (also in a former apartment) is the only composer's museum in St.Petersburg
Tchaikovsky's suits are preserved in the Tchaikovsky Museum in Klin and
photos of some of them were reproduced in various books about the museum's
As far as I know an arrangement of the Third Suite for piano (but for 4
hands!) by the composer was published in 1885 in Moscow by P. Jurgenson and
in Berlin by Bote & Bock.
A layout of Modest's apartment on Malaia Morskaia, where Tchaikovsky died,
can be found in the book by L. M. Konisskaia, Chaikovskii v Peterburge
[Чайковский в Петербурге](Leningrad, 1974), p. 274.
In regard to the 13 Malaya Morskaya affair I recently was in contact with
the realtor who rents out apartments in that dwelling and was told indeed
that the Tchaikovsky site was being renovated and that plans are afoot to
convert the apartment to a museum. So we will see what will happen there.
In regard to the piano solo arrangements ot the Third Suite I actually
borrowed a copy of the piano solo from the music library in New York many
moons ago (now Library of Performing Arts). It was in a tattered condition
and I believe it was published by Jurgenson. For those who are interested
Dover publications has recently printed the complete Nutcracker for piano
solo in the composer's simplified version,