Tchaikovsky Through Others' Eyes

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Alexander Poznansky
Indiana University Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 311 pages
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"... intriguing collection... a recommended study for anyone interested in the habits and personalities of great minds." —ForeWord

This compilation of reminiscences about Tchaikovsky the man is unprecedented in English. The memoirs, diary entries, and interviews written and conducted by his contemporaries show us both the public and the private figure: the law student, the professor, the philanthropist, the loving brother and uncle, the intrepid traveler, and of course the composer and conductor. In more than 50 documents—some laudatory, others not—Tchaikovsky's contemporaries speak of little-known facets of the composer's life: foibles and mannerisms, politics and tastes, prejudices and preferences (sexual and otherwise). The result is a dynamic portrayal of the composer, with all the complexities and paradoxes of a real life.

  

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Contents

The Schoolboy 18401863
3
The Music Student 18631865
45
The Conservatory Professor 18661876
51
The Socialite 18661876
77
Marriage 1877
107
The Composer 18781892
135
The Man 18781892
165
The National Treasure 18921893
213
Death 1893
241
Abbreviations
271
Illustrations follow pages 106 and 234
295
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Page v - O'Malley for full citation information. Research for this publication was supported in part by a grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board, with funds provided by the US Department of State (Title VIII) and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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About the author (1999)

Alexander Poznansky's many publications on Tchaikovsky include Tchaikovsky's Last Days: A Documentary Study and Tchaikovsky: The Quest for the Inner Man.

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