Tchaikovsky's Complete Songs: A Companion with Texts and Translations

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Indiana University Press, 2004 - Music - 349 pages
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"In this splendid volume, Richard Sylvester treats Tchaikovskyís songs with great sympathy and understanding, with special emphasis on relating the texts to the music. The songs are presented chronologically, interspersed with insightful observations about their relevance to the composerís life. This book will be welcomed by performers and scholars, but its fluent readability and avoidance of unnecessary detail make it easily accessible to the general reader. A welcome bonus is a CD with 22 songs interpreted by outstanding singers of at least two generations." óGeorge Jellinek, author, critic, and
host of WQXRís nationally syndicated program The Vocal Scene


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Of Tchaikovsky's entire musical output, his collection of 103 romances (songs based on poems) is perhaps the least familiar to Western audiences. With this volume, Sylvester (Russian, emeritus ... Read full review


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Richard D. Sylvester is Professor Emeritus of Russian at Colgate University. He taught Russian language and literature at Colgate for 20 yeats and made frequent trips to Russia with students as director of the Colgate Moscow Study Group. He is currently editing the complete song texts of Sergei Rachmaninoff. He lives in Hamilton, New York.

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