An attractive quotation in good condition. Tchaikovsky wrote this quotation on his third and final visit to England, occasioned by the award of a doctorate from Cambridge University. He appeared at two concerts with the London Philharmonic Society, conducting his Fourth Symphony, then unknown, on 1 June. He was due to conduct the première of Francesca di Rimini
at his doctoral ceremony and rehearsed the work at the Royal College of Music before going up to Cambridge on 12 June. Meeting the other graduands in London, he liked Saint-Saëns and Arrigo Boito, but found Max Bruch to be "loathsome and haughty". Tchaikovsky's song is the first of his Six Romances
and dates from December 1872. The words are "Spi, ditya moye, spi, usni!". Rachmaninov made a well-known piano transcription of this song, published in 1941, which he recorded for the gramophone. Tchaikovsky had already made two transcriptions of his own, one in the original key (which was published at the same time as the song in 1873), and in one in the simpler key of A minor--all of course without the words, as here.