Venice (Venezia) is a city
and provincial capital in the Lombardy (Lombardia) region
of Italy. During Tchaikovsky's lifetime it formed part of the Kingdom of Lombardy-Venetia
(until 1859), the Kingdom of Venetia (1859–66), and the Kingdom of Italy (from
Tchaikovsky visited Venice on five occasions:
- late January/early February 1872 — during the composer's first visit to
- 17/29 April–18/30 April 1874 — during his summer vacation. This time he
"wandered far and wide", finding the Doge's Palace "the utmost in finery and
beauty", and went to "three churches with a whole mass of pictures by Titian
and Tintoretto, statues by Canova, and all sorts of aesthetic treasures" .
- 11/23 November–18/30 November 1877 — finishing the orchestration of
Act I, Scene II of the opera Yevgeny Onegin.
- 2/14 December–16/28 December 1877 — staying at the Hôtel Beau Rivage [see below], Tchaikovsky worked on the orchestration of his Symphony No. 4, completing
the first movement on 11/23 December, the second on 13/25 December, and the
third on 15/27 December. Owing to interruptions, he was unable to work on
the finale during his time in Venice.
- 15/27 November–18/30 November 1881 — spending three days in the city on
his way to Rome.
The Hôtel Beau Rivage is now the Hotel Londra Palace, where there is a plaque commemorating
the composer's visit in 1877. His former room is now the "Tchaikovsky Suite":
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- Letter 347 to Modest Tchaikovsky, 17/29
April 1874 [back]
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