Tchaikovsky was close to his niece (whom he knew as "Tanya"), and when in 1883 she became pregnant by Stanislav Mikhaylovich Blumenfeld (1850–1897), the composer and his brother Modest were the only two members of the family to be entrusted with the secret; they took Tatyana to Paris, and arranged her medical care. After she gave birth to a boy, Georges-Léon, the composer himself registered the child's birth, organised his baptism, and provided financial support. Tchaikovsky also helped to arrange Georges-Léon's eventual adoption by his brother Nikolay.
Tatyana Davydova died suddenly on 19/31 January 1887 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, aged 25. She was buried in the cemetery at the Aleksandr Nevsky Monastery in Saint Petersburg, although the grave site has not been preserved.
Tchaikovsky's works dedicated to Tatyana Davydova:
Tchaikovsky's correspondence with Tatyana Davydova:
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