Example 3. “Acronyms” for Petr Tchaikovsky and Désirée Artôt, as found in the tone poem Fatum (1868), the B minor Piano Concerto (1874–75), and the Symphony No. 3 (1875). These may be found in various transpositions (after David Brown).

pEtr tCHAikovsky = E C B A = 5 3 2 1 in minor mode (Concerto, Symphony No. 3)  
DÉSIRéE Artöt = D E (or E) SI (= B) RE = (D) E A (Fatum)  
DÉSirée Artôt = D A (B) (Fatum, Concerto, Symphony No. 3, hints in Romeo and Juliet)