Tchaikovsky was the King Midas of music. Wherever he placed his
wonderful hand he turned into gold all sorts of musical fields: golden
symphonies, golden concertos, golden operas, golden chamber music, golden
ballets, golden tone poems, golden songs...
Whereas other masters could have been greater stars, Tchaikovsky is our
sun, not precisely the grandest of stars, but the warmest, because of
being closer than any other to our heart and our human nature.
Alberto Saenz Enriquez
I feel there is an element of truth to this. It is now over 60 years
since I began my sojourn in music and now nearing 75 I feel that his music
is like a warm embrace by a dear old friend whom we love warts and all. Of
his warm humanity there is no question. Fads come and go. Favorites come
and go. But some stay because they have warmed our hearts as few