Tchaikovsky, Pyotr - Signed Cabinet Photo 1887
Item #: M7636-Y14B
Star Russian composer (1840-1893) of the late romantic period, today one of the most popular composers in the classical music world.
Great signed cabinet photo showing the composer seated, in pose, inscribed and dated on October 24th, 1887 to Vasily Vasilyevich Yastrebtsov, who was a Russian musicologist (1866-1934), later biographer of Rimsky-Korsakov and museum director.
On verso, Yastbretsov wrote that this autograph was signed to him on occasion of the memorial concert to composer Alexander Borodin - who had died a few months earlier in that year - and that the actual occasion was in the morning of October 25th, 1887 (Tchaikovsky incorrectly wrote as Oct. 24th).
Below this, is a short text by the wife of Georgy M. Rimsky-Korsakov (1901-1965), grandson of the famous composer of the same last name, and a composer and teacher at the Leningrad Conservatory for over 30 years. He received this photo from Yastbretsov, and upon his death in 1965, his wife wrote this photo was handed over to a new owner named Mikhail Grigorievich Bialik. This is one of the very rare cases in which we can trace back in time not only the precise occasion of signing but perhaps the full line of ownership!.
Size is 4.3 x 6.7 inches, very uniform overall age toning, darker on verso, wear on edges, but still in very good condition.
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