Would you have any idea if the apartment Nikolai Rubenstein resided in
and that formed the premiere venue of the Tchaikovsky 3rd String Quartet
(the one in E-Flat minor) still stands, and what the address is?
David Glenn Lebut Jr.
From Valerii Sokolov’s article on Moscow for P. I. Tchaikovsky. An
Encyclopedia — to be published hopefully very soon under the
editorship of Polina Vaidman — as well as thanks to further clarification
provided by the author, we learn that the apartment of Nikolai Rubinstein
where the informal premiere of Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No. 3 took
place on 2/14 March 1876 was located in the house of E. S. Meshcheryakova
on Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street (дом Е. С. Мещеряковой, Большая Никитская ул.),
which faced the Greater Church of the Ascension (where Pushkin’s wedding
took place in 1831):
Nikolai Rubinstein lived in this apartment from 1872 to the end of
1880. The original house, however, has not survived (there is now a
different building on this site, the modern address of which is: 31,
Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street). This apartment was regularly frequented by
Tchaikovsky and other friends and colleagues of Nikolai Rubinstein from
the Conservatory, and it had also been the venue for the (again informal)
premiere of the composer’s String Quartet No. 2 in January 1874, which was
attended by Nikolai’s brother — and Tchaikovsky’s former teacher — Anton
Many thanks to Valerii Sokolov for sharing this information.