At the Fireside
There are many memorial museums in Moscow and its environs, which are open the year round and which relate of the life and work of well-known revolutionaries, writers and composer Leo Tolstoy. Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Mayakovski and Gorky memorial apartments. Suburban estates are particularly lovely and lyrical in winter providing a picture of winter landscapes in all their magnificence.
On the route from Moscow to Saint Petersburg stands the small town of Klin. There is a snow-topped house in the old park where the composer Tchaikovsky lived. The winter sunshine lights up the capacious rooms. On the desk lie the composer’s eye-glasses as well as pen and paper, which seem to have been put there just a moment ago. His gloves and top hat lie on the windowsill. On a simple carpet stands the grandpiano, which was first to reproduce the music of the genius whose name is Pyotr Tchaikovsky. As one peeps through the windows at the snow-clad park or looks at the furniture, one seems to hear «The Seasons» with their melodious pensive «Troika». «Yuletide» and «At the Fireside».
Though a great many years have gone by, the piano still gives forth music. Once a year musicians come here to play on it. and thus observe the composer’s birthday. For such is the tradition. And then the quietness gives way to music’s chords