Tour to Tchaikovsky House-Museum: +7 (926) 435 8687, +79-ANGEL-TOUR
Where words leave off, music begins.
Quoted by Tchaikovsky in a letter to Nadezhda von Meck 1878
Pyotr Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840. Шт 2015 Russia celebrated the 175-th anniversary of Tchaikovsky's birth and Angel (with classical music fans among top managers) has launched Tour to Tchaikovsky House - Museum thereto.
Oh, how difficult it is to make anyone see and feel in music what we see and feel ourselves!
Tchaikovsky in a letter to Nadezhda von Meck 1878
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In 1885 Pyotr Tchaikovsky wrote to a friend, ‘These days I dream of settling in a village not far from Moscow where I can feel at home.’ He wanted peace and quiet.
Eventually Tchaikovsky settled in this perfect house "large, comfortable, out-of-town...I am in need - and I feel it - of having a house in the countryside, ... to make sure that I can get, whenever I wish, a calm, quiet place to work...The view from inside the house is really wonderful, and there is a rather large garden. I am thinking of buying this house in the future."
“I can’t imagine myself living anywhere else,” he wrote in 1885. “I'm unable to do justice to the charm of Russian landscapes and the silence, which I need most of all”.
Tchaikovsky finalized Iolanta, the Nutcracker, the Sleeping Beauty, Piano Concert No. 3., 18 piano pieces, the vocal quartet The Night, six romances here, as well as his last major work, 6th Symphony, or the Pathétique, of which he wrote ''the best and most sincere of all my works. I love it like no other of my musical children.'' According to Tchaikovsky, he poured his ''whole soul'' into Symphony No. 6.
Once we spent all the day in the Frick Collection in NYC enjoying both paintings and lovely music. Make sure to request that your favourite Tchaikovsky's piece is on when you are in his house to enjoy his music while contemplating the exibits.
The tour to Tchaikovsky Memorial Museum is available from Friday to Tuesday.
Read what our clients say about Angel's Tour to Tchaikovsky House-Museum.
Hi, Alexander. We enjoyed a lot our tour. Our driver was wonderful, very attentive. It was amazing to see where Tchaikovsky lived the last days of his life.
From a personal point of view I think it's best to devote the better part of the day. I think real fans of Tchaikovsky will want to spend at least several hours at the museum. This is really a trip for a person/s with a "special interest" and not something for your average tourist visiting Moscow. It's for those who are really interested to see how and where he lived, & wrote some of his famous pieces. My expectation was that I would only be visiting his home. I had no idea there was a dedicated museum on the site as well. That might be something to make special mention of as I'm sure there would be others who do not realize that to be the case.
More about Tchaikovsky
But there's nothing I long for more intensely...than to be taken for a better sort of Tchaikovsky-for heaven’s sake.
I like listening to Tchaikovsky’s Fifth just as I like looking at a fuchsia drenched with rain.
Tchaikovsky thought of committing suicide for fear of being discovered as a homosexual, but today, if you are a composer and not homosexual, you might as well put a bullet thru your head.
Tchaikovsky was attracted to the place by its quietness, and the house-museum, surrounded by the wooded park, retained that silence and is still very much worth seeing. Even bakhily (noise-deadening footwear for visitors) prevent visitors from dragging a trail of snow through the house in winter and dust in summer, as well as help preserve the silent atmosphere that attracted Tchaikovsky here, ''a calm, quiet place for work”, as he wrote to his brother. He found here a refuge from his international fame and long routes to walk thru forests and villages. ''I love our Russian nature more than any other,'' he wrote.
In the gray wooden mansion where Tchaikovsky spent his final year, 1892-1893, the composer’s belongings and furniture have been lovingly preserved, including the grand piano. The museum hosts regular concerts (with visitors coming from Moscow thereto), but only winners of the annual International Tchaikovsky Competition (May or June) are allowed to play the composer’s own piano. Since 1958 they have all been invited to come to play his Becker grand piano and plant an oak tree in his garden.
In addition, on the anniversary of the composer's birth (May 7) and death (November 6) memorial concerts are held in the concert hall next to the composer’s house.
Besides practically all winners of Tchaikovsky International Competition of different years (Van Cliburn (1958), Michail Pletnev (1978) and Boris Berezovsky (1990), Victor Tretyakov, Elena Obraztsova, Tamara Sinyavskaya, Natalya Erasova, Alexander Rudin, etc.), the list of performers includes Symphony Orchestra headed by Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Minin and Valery Polyansky Choirs, ‘Moscow Virtuosos’ with Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir Horowitz and others.
The concerts of Svyatoslav Rikhter, Emil Gilels, Irina Arkhipova, Maria Bieshu were great events in the Museum concert life.
Walking in the garden helps understand Tchaikovsky music. His brother Modest, his first biographer, wrote "Pyotr Ilyich got up between 7 and 8 am. After tea and reading, he would go for a walk which usually lasted about an hour…After dinner, he went for a walk again in any weather. Solitude during walks was as necessary for him as it was during work. In those moments he thought over the main musical themes and formed the ideas of future compositions."
Tchaikovsky wrote to his patroness Nadezdha Von Meck: "The nearer I approach old age, the more lovely is my pleasure being close to nature. Never before have I reveled so much in the beauty of spring, the awakening vegetation, birds returning home - in short, everything which is brought by the Russian spring, actually the most beautiful and jovial spring on earth."
In another letter he wrote: "It is impossible to suggest a better a more suitable way of living than in the countryside. After each new trip to Moscow I come to realize more and more how city life ruins me. Each time I return here I'm completely ill, but I immediately recover in my quiet corner."
Pyotr Tchaikovsky lived on the second floor. The living room is the largest room in the house and there is a bookcase with his music books and a fireplace. He wrote letters at the writing desk every morning after breakfast.
The composer's younger brother Modest, a gifted playwright and translator, turned the house into a museum a year after Tchaikovsky's death preserving original interiors. Modest secured personal belongings, furniture, photographs, scores, drafts, manuscripts, diaries, letters (200 000 items overall) and a unique library of some 2,000 volumes. Tchaikovsky’s nephew Vladimir Davydov and servant Alexei Sofronov (who presented to the museum personal property left to him according to the composer's will) helped to realize the idea of the museum.
As a result, a new type of memorial museum appeared which completely preserved not only the interior, where the composer spent his last years, but also his archive - valuable music and literary heritage.
Since then the museum has been visited by millions of musicians, composers, passionate admirers of music Tchaikovsky's from around the world. The house remains loved and alive much like his music. The visitors' book shows that trips to Tchaikovsky House-Museum for many of them were like a pilgrimage.
Bedrooms were austere in the Tchaikovskys' house-museum. However, it was in the bedroom that Tchaikovsky composed music, on an unpainted table overlooking the garden. The garden was Tchaikovsky’s great love. It was like a forest, rather than an English-style garden. He adored flowers, particularly lilies of the valley. After his death his brother Modest planted thousands of lilies of the valley around the garden, along with violets, forget-me-nots, and bluebells that Tchaikovsky admired. Nowadays the garden has many other varieties of flowers it had in Tchaikovsky's time: roses, begonias, gillyflowers, phloxes, and sweet tobacco. It is not a coincidence that we chose Waltz of the Flowers from the Nutcracker as the music theme for this page.
Another passion of Tchaikovsky was books (2000 volumes at the museum). There are bookcases crammed with them in rooms.
Christmas (or New Year) Tree is not a coincidence on this pictures. The plot of the Nutcracker unfolds at the New Year party…and the nearby Museum of Christmas Tree Toys has a special room about Tchaikovsky’s music.