To Hovhannes Toumanian
8 June 1908, Saint Etchmiadzin
[A great poet and public figure (1869-1923), author of the epic
poem ‘Anoush’ referred to in the letter]
You didn’t get to Etchmiadzin then. Perhaps
the mosquitoes frightened you. What’s this mosquito thing
anyway that man should fear it? I could have offered you such accommodation
that no mosquito, not even the mosquito’s brother and its
offspring could penetrate.
I haven’t much news. If you want to come
to Dilijan, you are welcome. Don’t worry about the piano.
The main purpose of your visit, and mine, has to do with words –
to complete the poem with its characters and its songs, in a word
to write the libretto. As for the other things, the music, I shall
attend to that in Etchmiadzin, where in my rooms I have all the
I shall tell you about my detailed plans when
we meet. To explain oneself about music in written communication
At the moment I too am busy. Until the end of
the month I have some urgent deadlines to meet for various European
newspapers, thereafter I am relatively free. I have decided to spend
the summer in Etchmiadzin, but for some 10 days or until we complete
‘Anoush’ I shall come to Dilijan.
Pass on special greetings to Princess Toumanian.
And to you, your wife and your little children,
in one large measure, my loving regards.
With kisses, yours Komitas