Original bust-length cabinet card portrait photograph of the composer by Konstantine Šapiro of St. Petersburg. With an autograph inscription signed by Tchaikovsky: "Herrn Richard Hildebrand zur Erinnerung an P. Tschaikovsky 14 Dec. 1887. Aus Kopenhagen werde[...] 25 Januar schreiben." Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY.
Original bust-length cabinet card portrait photograph of the composer by Konstantine Šapiro of St. Petersburg. With an autograph inscription signed by Tchaikovsky: "Herrn Richard Hildebrand zur Erinnerung an P. Tschaikovsky 14 Dec. 1887. Aus Kopenhagen werde[...] 25 Januar schreiben."

Original bust-length cabinet card portrait photograph of the composer by Konstantine Šapiro of St. Petersburg. With an autograph inscription signed by Tchaikovsky: "Herrn Richard Hildebrand zur Erinnerung an P. Tschaikovsky 14 Dec. 1887. Aus Kopenhagen werde[...] 25 Januar schreiben."

Overall size 162 x 108 mm. With photographer's elaborate promotional device printed in gold ink to verso.

With inscription to upper margin above photograph signed by Hildebrand presenting the photograph to his colleague Wilhelm Matthison-Hansen (1870-1922) on the occasion of his 10th anniversary as music teacher at the Conservatory in Copenhagen dated September 10, 1910.

Slightly worn; remnants of mount to verso.

Poznansky & Langston Vol. I: Catalogue of Photographs, no. 56, p. 495.

Richard Hildebrand (1849-1927) was a well-known Danish cellist who spent some 30 years playing in the orchestra of the Imperial Opera House in St. Petersburg; he left there to return to his native Copenhagen in ca. 1902.

A concert in Copenhagen was planned for around that time (as indicated in Tchaikovsky's note on the photograph's mount), referred to by the composer in his travel diary:

Richard Hildebrand later reported in the journal Musik (1920, No. 1, p. 4) that in late autumn of 1893 he received a letter from Tchaikovsky telling him that he would soon be visiting Copenhagen. According to Hildebrand, the last letter that Tchaikovsky wrote in his life was to [the Danish conductor Johan] Svendsen. He thanked his Norwegian colleague for the fine success he had achieved with Iolanthe, a sucess that had pleassed him all the more because the opera had previously aroused little interest. It had been planned that Tchaikovsky would conduct a program of his own compositions in January, 1894. Early in November, 1893, however, while still in St. Petersburg, he fell ill and on November 6 he died. "It was with a very strange feeling" that Svendsen opened Tchaikovsky's leter, Hildebrand wrote, for the letter "reached him after the telegram had already brought news of the master's death." Ronald de Vet: Vier Photographien und ein Fächer Tschaikowsky-Gesellschaft Mitteilungen 18, p. 809. Item #31346

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