Warsaw (Warszawa) is the capital city
of Poland, and of its Masovia province (Województwo mazowieckie).
During Tchaikovsky's lifetime the city was part of the Russian Empire, and the
administrative centre of Warsaw district (Варшавский уезд) and Warsaw province (Варшавская губерния).
Tchaikovsky visited Warsaw on two occasions:
- 24 March/5 April 1882 — stopping briefly in the city, while returning
from Vienna to Moscow.
- 28 December 1891/9 January 1892–2/14 January 1892 — staying at the
Hôtel Europe, he visited the city in order to rehearse and conduct a symphony
concert of his own works (2/14 January), including the Suite No. 3, the Elegy
and Waltz from the Serenade
for String Orchestra, the Violin Concerto (soloist
Stanislaw Barcewicz), Joan's Aria from the opera The Maid of Orleans, and various
romances (soloist Nina Fride). "I was warmly received by the musicians and
the public. The concert went brilliantly" .
During this stay, on 1/13 January 1892, Tchaikovsky also heard Mascagni's Cavalleria
rusticana for the first time, and was very impressed by it: "This
opera is indeed very remarkable and especially so thanks to the amazingly
felicitous choice of subject. I wish Modya would be able to
find me a subject of this kind" .
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- Letter 4591 to Anna Merkling, 4/16 January 1892 [back]
- Letter 4588 to Nikolay Konradi, 31 December
1891/12 January 1892 [back]
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