Vichy is a spa and resort town in central France, in the Allier department
and Auvergne region.
Tchaikovsky visited Vichy on two occasions:
- 1/13 July–12/24 July 1876 — visiting in order to benefit from the health-giving
properties of the town's spa waters. "But all too soon he was complaining
miserably to Anatoly that
everything has conspired here to make my stay unbearable' . He hated
rising at five in the morning, he hated taking the baths, he hated the crush
for every glass of mineral water and the idle bustle of the resort town, and
he even hated the landscape. But worst of all was the loneliness that poisoned
every waking moment. Unable to endure the full course of treatment, Tchaikovsky
invented a story for his doctor to the effect that family circumstances prevented
him from staying in Vichy for more than ten days, and on 12/24 July he returned
to Lyons" .
- 12/24 June–3/15 July 1892 — the composer took his unwell nephew Vladimir Davydov ("Bob") to
imbibe the spa waters at Vichy, also accompanied by Tchaikovsky's sister-in-law Praskovya.
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- Letter 480 to Anatoly Tchaikovsky, 3/15 July 1876 [back]
- Alexander Poznansky, Tchaikovsky. The Quest for
the Inner Man (1991), p. 179 [back]
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