Kharkiv (Харків) is the second-largest
city in Ukraine, and the administrative centre of Kharkiv district (Харківська міська рада) and Kharkiv oblast (Харківська область). During Tchaikovsky's lifetime it was known
as Kharkov (Харьков),
and was the capital of the Kharkov district (Харьковская уезд)
and of Kharkov province (Харьковская губерния) in the
Tchaikovsky visited Kharkov on the following occasions:
- 23 September/5 October–24 September/6 October 1879 — stopping overnight
on his way from Moscow to Grankino; he saw a production of Faust at the city's opera theatre
- 9/21 June–11/23 June 1884 — travelling from Kamenka
to Grankino, he met up with Modest Tchaikovsky and Nikolay Konradi .
- 26 October/7 November–28 October/9 November 1885 — pausing on his way
from Moscow to Kamenka,
he again visited the city's opera theatre, and began to draft the Jurisprudence March.
- 24 March/5 April 1886 — stopping overnight en route from Moscow to see his brother Ippolit at Taganrog.
- 4/16 September 1890 — spending just 9 hours in the city with Nikolay Konradi, travelling from Kiev to Tiflis.
- 1/13 February–2/14 February 1893 — returning from Kamenka to Klin, the composer
was detained in Kharkov because of a stomach complaint.
- 11/23 March–16/28 March 1893 — staying at the Hôtel Europe, to
rehearse and conduct a concert of his own works (14/26 March), including The Tempest, the Violin Concerto (soloist
Konstantin Gorsky), the Symphony
No. 2, and the overture
The Year 1812. This was followed by a dinner for the composer, and a special
concert was given in his honour the following day by students of the local
branch of the Russian Musical Society.
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