P.S. If you will be at Ludmila Ivanovna's tell her that sitting in the country I have not forgotten her and am ever recalling her, and to her, the little dove, I have dedicated my new little piece ( "Peasant Feast") by Koltzov.80
If you are intrigued, here it is:
Let it be granted for you to see that 6/4 and 5/4 constitute the whole chic of this little piece and came out as naturally as the 5/4 rhythm of "Savishna."--This, I consider for dear hospitable Ludmila Ivanovna, is Russian and, I dare to think, musical.
I received your letter, my dearest, the day before yesterday, and I thank you for it and also thanks for getting out of the dumps, which is best of all. At present I'm resting and doing absolutely nothing, for Sadko was finished on the 30th of September and has already gone to the binder's. I can tell you that I am quite satisfied with it, and that this is decidedly my best thing, even my very best; because the andante of the symphony, which the devil inspired me to compose so long ago, and successfully, and for which everyone reproached me, has given me absolutely no peace; but now Sadko has knocked it down, which makes me very happy. I do not regret the banishment of the sainted father Nikolai, for that business turned out perfectly without him, as Sadko himself could think to smash the gusli strings and the latter could not have withstood his playing. And Nikolai with the church theme would spoil the impression of the dance, and his appearance in the midst of the pagan world is a little ridiculous . . .____________________