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Tchaikovsky through Others' Eyes : Russian Music Studies - Alexander Poznansky

Tchaikovsky through Others' Eyes

Russian Music Studies

By: Alexander Poznansky, Ralph C. Burr (Translator), Robert J. Bird (Translator)

Hardcover Published: 22nd April 1999
ISBN: 9780253335456
Number Of Pages: 336

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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.

This is Poznansky's third book on Tchaikovsky in one decade and-like its two well-received predecessors, Tchaikovsky: The Quest for the Inner Man (CH, Jun'92) and Tchaikovsky's Last Days (CH, Apr'97)-it deals not at all with the music but with the man and his milieu. Poznansky (Yale) divides the book into ten essentially chronological chapters, ranging from descriptions of the composer as a schoolboy to reactions to his untimely death. At the heart of each chapter are contemporaneous comments and journalistic writings; each chapter begins with an essay by Poznansky, in which he sets the scene for the era and describes the reliability-sometimes nonreliability-of those making the comments. Given the chronological order of presentation, the essays constitute a selective biography of the composer. This book serves as a companion to Alexandra Orlova's somewhat flawed compilation of writings by the composer himself (Tchaikovsky: A Self-Portrait, comp. by Alexandra Orlova, CH, Jun'91). Poznansky's project also benefits from the assistance of two experienced translators. Materials concerning Tchaikovsky have been subject to longstanding suppression, and documentation remains to published, especially in translation. Copious endnotes and a reliable index complete the volume, which this reviewer recommends to anyone interested in this composer.November 1999 -- R. Stahura * Ripon College *

Note on Transliteration, Names, and Dates
The Schoolboy (1840-1863)
Fanny Durbachp. 8
Ippolit Tchaikovskyp. 12
Fyodor Maslovp. 13
Ivan Turchaninovp. 15
Alexander Mikhailovp. 16
Vladimir Gerardp. 16
Rudolph Kundingerp. 17
Arkady Raichp. 18
Modest Tchaikovskyp. 19
The Music Student (1863-1865)
Modest Tchaikovskyp. 31
Vasily Besselp. 32
Herman Larochep. 34
Ivan Klimenkop. 41
Adelaida Spasskayap. 42
Alexander Rubetsp. 45
The Conservatory Professor (1866-1876)
Rostislav Genikap. 56
Mariya Guryep. 59
Alexandra Amfiteatrova-Levitskayap. 61
Alexander Litvinovp. 62
V. A.p. 63
Ivan Klimenkop. 64
The Socialite (1866-1876)
Modest Tchaikovskyp. 82
Konstantin de Lazarip. 82
Alexandra Sokolovap. 94
Marriage (1877)
Antonina Tchaikovskayap. 113
Nikolay Kashkinp. 121
The Composer (1878-1892)
Alexander Glazunovp. 141
Eduard Napravnikp. 142
Vladimir Pogozhevp. 142
Romain Rollandp. 156
Herman Kleinp. 157
Julius H. Blockp. 157
Varvara Tsekhovskayap. 161
The Man (1878-1892)
Konstantin de Lazarip. 170
Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovichp. 172
Boris Vietinghoff-Schellp. 173
Vasily Korganovp. 175
Vasily Bertensonp. 181
Konstantin Varlamovp. 186
Nazar Litrovp. 187
The Celebrity (1891-1892)
Musical Courierp. 194
New York Heraldp. 197
Novosti dniap. 199
Peterburgskaia zhiznp. 202
Peterburgskaia gazetap. 208
The National Treasure (1892-1893)
Leonid Sabaneyevp. 214
Mikhail Bukinikp. 217
Anton Doorp. 218
Abram Kaufmanp. 219
Konstantin Dumchevp. 221
Isaak Bukinikp. 222
Ivan Klimenkop. 229
Vasily Sapelnikovp. 233
Yulian Poplavskyp. 234
Death (1893)
Modest Tchaikovskyp. 247
Vladimir Napravnikp. 250
Yury Davydovp. 254
Vasily Bertensonp. 256
Lev Bertensonp. 257
Nikolay Mamonovp. 259
Modest Tchaikovskyp. 260
Grand Duke Konstantin Konstantinovichp. 265
Yulian Poplavskyp. 268
Abbreviationsp. 271
Notesp. 273
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ISBN: 9780253335456
ISBN-10: 0253335450
Series: Russian Music Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 22nd April 1999
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.79