A giant in the pantheon of 19th century composers, Tchaikovsky continues to enthrall audiences today. From the Nutcracker--arguably the most popular ballet currently on the boards--Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty, to Eugene Onegin and Pique Dame, to the Symphony Pathetique and the always rousing, canon-blasting 1812 Overture--this prolific and beloved composer's works are perennial favorites. Now, John Wiley, a renowned Tchaikovsky scholar, provides a fresh biography aimed in classic Master Musicians style at the student and music lover. Wiley deftly draws on documents from imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet era sources, providing a more balanced look at recent controversies surrounding the marriage, death, and sexuality of the composer. The author dovetails the biographical material with separate chapters that treat the music thoroughly and fully, work-by-work, with more substantial explorations of Tchaikovsky's most familiar compositions. These analyses present new, even iconoclastic perspectives on the music and the composer's intent and expression. Several informative appendices, in the Master Musicians format, include an exhaustive list of works and bibliography.
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Tchaikovsky (Master Musicians Series)User Review - Book Verdict
In this comprehensive biography, Wiley (music, Univ. of Michigan; Tchaikovsky's Ballets) addresses Tchaikovsky's personal life and compositions in tandem. Drawing on the composer's complete and uncensored letters, Wiley corrects the inaccurate information circulating since Tchaikovsky's brother published an intentionally misleading three-volume biography in 1900-02. In the musical analysis sections, Wiley discusses the compositional process and compares Tchaikovsky's pieces with contemporary compositions. Verdict This is not a book for the casual reader: the music sections require strong technical knowledge and include numerous references to the score. Nevertheless, this excellent work will deservedly take its place as the authoritative study of the composer's life and work.-Timothy J. McGee, Trent Univ., Peterborough, Ont. Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. ...
Review: TchaikovskyUser Review - Grant Topjon - Goodreads
A significant figure in the Romantic Era, Roland John Wiley does a great job with this book. Read full review
Tchaikovskys Early Years
Childhood and Youth in St Petersburg
Civil Service 18591863
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