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Tchaikovsky By Anthony Holden

Tchaikovsky by Anthony Holden

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A biography of Tchaikovsky, based on three years of research in archives in post-Soviet Russia, Europe and the United States. It offers a portrait of an ill-starred genius, whose life and career were as colourful and passionate as his music.

Tchaikovsky Summary

Tchaikovsky by Anthony Holden

The life of Tchaikovsky has been shrouded in mystery and myth for more than a century. Thanks to the subterfuge of his family and subsequently the Soviet authorities, the world has been given a rosy portrait of a composer whose life was in truth as poignantly tragic as so much of his music. Now, after three years of research in archives in post-Soviet Russia, Europe and the United States, this biography offers a portrait of an ill-starred genius, whose life and career were as colourful and passionate as his music. In 1893, a week after conducting the first performance of the "Pathetique" symphony, Tchaikovsky was dead at the age of 53. Why would he have drunk a glass of unboiled water (as his family told posterity), knowing that there was a cholera epidemic in St Petersburg? And why does the cholera story not ring true? Could it have been a cover-up for suicide, or even murder? This is the denouement of Anthony Holden's biography. Holden sees the composer's death as the logical climax to his tortured life as a promiscuous homosexual. It is a grim irony, he argues, that the same torments which bequeathed us so much great music also brought Tchaikovsky's life to a premature close.

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GOR001239785
9780593024683
0593024680
Tchaikovsky by Anthony Holden
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
1995-09-07
512
Short-listed for Yorkshire Post Literary Award Art and Music Book Category 1996
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