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Tchaikovsky's Homosexuality

Dear Tchaikovsky Researchers,

I have recently been doing some reading on Tchaikovsky and I was wondering why the different biographies vary in how they deal with Tchaikovsky's homosexuality. For example, the early biographies by Gerald Abraham and Rosa Newmarch only mention his homosexuality in passing and as a disease, but the more recent David Brown and Alexander Poznansky biographies talk very openly about it—what factors have made this change and I was wondering how far the differences in their dealings with his homosexuality actually matter in our view of Tchaikovsky.

Thank-you for your time, brilliant website by the way!

Rebecca Jackson

There is some discussion of this issue in Alexander Poznansky's Introduction to his article Tchaikovsky: A Life, which you might find helpful:


Brett Langston

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