Blessed is He Who Smiles
(Бпажен, кто улыбается)
For unaccompanied men's voices (1887).
Written on 7/19 December 1887 at Maydanovo, at the request of Karl Albrecht (according to the date on the manuscript). The chorus was composed at around the same time as the Six Romances (Op. 63), to words by Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovich. In a letter of 8/20 December to Karl Albrecht, sent with the manuscript, Tchaikovsky reported: "I am sending you the one chorus that I have written, and cannot do any more for the present" .
The chorus is dedicated to the student choir of Moscow University, and was performed by them on 8/20 March 1892, conducted by Viktor Mal’m, in the hall of the Nobles’ Club.
Музыкальное наследие Чайковского (1958), p. 356
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