You cannot imagine how much your letter has pleased Maleyka and
me. Just before this we spoke about summer holiday we need after
such amplified job all the more so because from September a bigger
work is in for me to do. We spoke, God forbid, if we will not
have money in summer, then the rest is out of the question. But
your letter infused hopes into us, calmed and encouraged. We were
very much touched with that you for the sake of maintenance of
summer holiday sent us 150 saving a stock for more sensitive need,
and did it very well. We have already got used to live economically
so out of 150 rubles we sent home 50 and live on hundred rubles,
in spite of the fact that out of them 25 we paid for a room rent,
14 for the piano (for two months) and took something from a pawnshop.
All this due to home-prepared meals enables us to save monthly
a minimum superfluous 20-25 rubles for restaurants, etc. This
time we need in 170 rubles (we have calculated on trifles). And
now, dear Muslim, save 30 rubles more out of 200 and the rest
170 send to us by mail so as not to spend for the telegram. You'd
better send them on February 25 in order to reach us on the 1-st
of March when we shall be without money already.
From your letter we see that in the beginning you did not believe
I have entered Conservatoire. It is a shame on you, could I tell
lies and moreover on telegraph! My doctrine goes rather successfully,
I hope to pass to a counterpoint class where alongside with counterpoint
we are also going to take instrumentation. Hence, in one year
I will know all that is necessary for compositions: harmony, counterpoint
and orchestration. Then with the divine help you and I shall start
more thorough, organized and interesting job. And now I wish you
to continue the dazzling successes, god gives we shall soon meet.
Bow to Badush, Jamulka and to all the kinsfolk. I kiss all of
On Febrary 19, 1914
S. P. B.