I was extremely saddened to learn of the death of Philip Taylor after a
long illness on Monday 18 June 2007, aged just 58, Based in London and Northampton,
England, he was a translator and author of books on Tchaikovsky's operas The Oprichnik and Vakula the Smith/Cherevichki, as well as a regular
contributor to these pages.
Philip had a wealth of knowledge concerning Russian music in general, which
he was always happy to share. His modesty and generosity will be greatly missed.
The field of research into Russian music is much poorer for Philip Taylor's
death. He had a remarkable memory for facts and figures relating to the subject
and was, indeed, an exceptionally approachable and likeable person. I have
been given to understand that, in the closing stages of his illness he did,
fortunately, get to see the finalised form of his most recent research, namely
his book Anton Rubinstein: A Life in Music.
Philip mentioned to me that he was very interested in the dynamics of the
relationship between Rubinstein and his celebrated pupil, Tchaikovsky. That
will be one among many reasons for looking forward to reading this publication.
Philip Taylor at the Tchaikovsky House-Museum
in Klin, c.1993