16 January  [ Moscow]
I've not received an answer from you, Mili; however, I hope to receive it tomorrow, because I wrote you on January 13.--On Friday a lady froze to death in the train--her corpse arrived at Petersburg; it's good I didn't go, having a cold, and no fur coat at that; the frost in Moscow continues to be no less than 24 degrees every day.--The scherzo is finished, only the second trio has not been done, and it is being written: the scherzo is a big one, in a symphonic style, and is dedicated (as is the whole symphony) to our Wednesday Fellowship-- our jour fixe. Demidov was at my place; he is a very nice fellow--terribly hot-blooded; I introduced him to Gussakovsky and Cui, and played him your fifth entr'acte from Lear, and during the apotheosis he ah-ed--he liked it so.--Played the C-major symphony of Schubert, and tears almost came to his eyes.--He is still very young, but he definitely justifies your opinion of him; generally speaking I am very glad to have made such an acquaintance. On Tuesday I am going to his place (if well) with the Schub[ert] C major, which he begged me to bring.--I have not been to the local Ger[man] Ministry of Mus[ic], because the program for the Saturday concert did not attract me.68-- Nikolai Rubinstein is a worthy relation of Anton; he lets his homemade Moscow pianists play Chopin--pièces de salon: what a choice-- the height of absurdity.--I think Apollon [Gussakovsky] sprouted his first feathers a little after the performance of his work; however, this is understandable because it is the most necessary condition for further practice. Kiss him, Gussek, from me, the way I kiss him, finding something nasty on his upper lip--I love him terribly.--Things seem to be going all right now. If only God grants me strength--it will be possible to write--I get quite tired, composing is not light work-- however, cold water helps.
I've become acquainted in Jericho with Pliushchikha, Arbat, Sofika____________________
|Symphony in D major||Haydn|
|Andante spianato et polonaise (Op. 22)|
|(played by Volkov)||Chopin|
|King Stephen Overture||Beethoven|