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Tchaikovsky and his world
Kearney, Leslie.
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1998]

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xiii, 369 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Pt. 1. Biographical works. Tchaikovsky: A life reconsidered / Alexander Poznansky. ; Unknown Tchaikovsky: a reconstruction of previously censored letters to his brothers (1875-1879) / Alexander Poznansky. -- Pt. II. Essays. Music as the language of psychological realism: Tchaikovsky and Russian art /Leon Botstein. ; Line of succession: three productions of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty / Janet E. Kennedy. ; Per Aspera ad Astra: symphonic tradition in Tchaikovsky's first suite for orchestra / Natalia Minibayeva. ; An examination of problem history in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony /Susanne Dammann. ; Tchaikovsky's Tatiana / Caryl Emerson. ; on the role of Gremin: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin / Kadja Grokke. ; Review of the Maid of Orleans [1899] / Nikolai Kashkin, Leslie Kearney. ; Tchaikovsky Androgyne: The Maid of Orleans / Leslie Kearney. ; The Coronation of Alexander III / Richard Wortman. ; Tchaikovsky, Chekhov, and the Russian Elegy / Rosamund Bartlett. ; Tchaikovsky and the Russian "Silver Age" / Arkadii Klimovitsky. -- Pt. III. Theoretical Writings. A Documentary glance at Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov as music theorists / Lyle K. Neff.
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Tchaikovsky has long intrigued music-lovers as a figure who straddles many borders--between East and West, nationalism and cosmopolitanism, tradition and innovation, tenderness and bombast, masculine and feminine. In this book, through consideration of his music and biography, scholars from several disciplines explore the many sides of Tchaikovsky. The volume presents for the first time in English some of Tchaikovsky's own writings about music, as well as three influential articles, previously available only in German, from the 1993 Tübingen conference commemorating the centennial of Tchaikovsky's death.

Tchaikovsky's distinguished biographer, Alexander Poznansky, reveals new findings from his most recent archival explorations in Kiln, Tchaikovsky's home. Poznansky makes accessible for the first time the full text of perviously censored letters, clarifying issues about the composer's life that until now have remained mere conjecture. Leon Botstein examines the world of realist art that was so influential in Tchaikovsky's day, while Janet Kennedy describes how interpretations of Tchaikovsky's ballet Sleeping Beauty act as a barometer of the aesthetic and even political climate of several generations. Natalia Minibayeva elucidates the First Orchestral Suite as a workshop for Tchaikovsky's composition of large-scale works, including symphony, opera, and ballet, while Susanne Dammann discusses the problematic Fourth Symphony as a work perfectly poised between East and West. Arkadii Klimovitsky considers Tchaikovsky's role as a link between Russia's Golden and Silver Ages. The extensive interaction between music and literature in this period forms the basis for Rosamund Bartlett's essay on creative parallels between Tchaikovsky and Chekhov. Richard Wortman describes the political climate at the end of Tchaikovsky's life, including Alexander III's mania for re-creating seventeenth-century Russian culture. Caryl Emerson, Kadja Grönke, and Leslie Kearney examine a number of issues raised by Tchaikovsky's operas. Marina Kostalevsky translates Nikolai Kashkin's 1899 review of Tchaikovsky's controversial opera Orleanskaia Deva (The Maid of Orleans) .

The book concludes with examples of theoretical writing by Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, authors of Russia's first two systematic books on music theory. Lyle Neff translates and provides commentary on compositional issues that Tchaikovsky discusses in personal correspondence, as well as Rimsky-Korsakov's analysis of his own opera Snegurochka (The Snow Maiden) . Tchaikovsky and His World will change how we understand the life, works, and intellectual milieu of one of the most important and beloved composers of the nineteenth century.

Originally published in 1998.

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The most significant features of this fine volume are in the area of Tchaikovsky's biography. In particular, Alexander Poznansky's brilliant essay, "Tchaikovsky: A Life Reconsidered," must be singled out for special praise. Poznansky judiciously examines the documentary evidence of Tchaikovsky's life and presents as clear and objective a biographical portrait as one is likely to find for quite some time. In addition, Poznansky's translations of the expurgated sections of Tchaikovsky's letters help to provide a more complete understanding of the complexities of the composer's psyche. Also of special interest are the translations of documents about Eugene Onegin, The Maid of Orleans, and Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov as music theorists. The excellent bibliography, illustrations, musical examples, and index add to the volume's value for readers at all levels. W. E. Grim; Worcester State College

Table of Contents

Pt. I Biographical Works
Tchaikovsky: A Life Reconsideredp. 3
Unknown Tchaikovsky: A Reconstruction of Previously Censored Letters to His Brothers (1875-1879)p. 55
Pt. II Essays
Music as the Language of Psychological Realism: Tchaikovsky and Russian Artp. 99
Line of Succession: Three Productions of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beautyp. 145
Per Aspera ad Astra: Symphonic Tradition in Tchaikovsky's First Suite for Orchestrap. 163
An Examination of Problem History in Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphonyp. 197
Tchaikovsky's Tatianap. 216
On the Role of Gremin: Tchaikovsky's Eugene Oneginp. 220
Review of The Maid of Orleans [1899]p. 234
Tchaikovsky Androgyne: The Maid of Orleansp. 239
The Coronation of Alexander IIIp. 277
Tchaikovsky, Chekhov, and the Russian Elegyp. 300
Tchaikovsky and the Russian "Silver Age"p. 319
Pt. III Theoretical Writings
A Documentary Glance at Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov as Music Theoristsp. 333
List of Contributors