BALAKIREV, MILY. (1837-1910). Russian composer and pianist. ALS. (“M. Balakirev”). 1½pp. 8vo. N.p., May 12, 1888. To “Cesar” (likely Russian composer and music critic CÉSAR CUI, 1835-1918). In Russian with translation.
“Yesterday I with… played your suite for four-hands at Stasov’s (V.V) and many admired it. But with that, you start straight with the theme, without any intrada [a musical introduction], at least in… part. It’s impossible to reconcile with that as well as with that final variation with the Coda when it unexpectedly ends. Also I would like to mention something else… That’s why I am seriously asking you not to publish this score. Postpone it until your return when we can discuss (for old time sake) this question…”