Tchaikovsky: el misterio de su genio
Albert Saenz Enriquez
TCHAIKOVSKY: MISTERY OF HIS GENIUS
Alberto Sáenz Enríquez
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ( may 1840 -november 1893) is one of art s
most enigmatic figures.
His incredible genius domained all areas of the art of sounds . With
outstanding skill he would compose masterful ballets, operas, symphonies,
beautiful chamber music, sacred scores,concertos, tone poems etc.
His capacity to portray great pages of literature and his own soul is
unparaleled. He was capable to communicate with splendid accuracy all
human feelings and sensations.
Oddly enough, many have missinterpreted this power of translating
sentiment to music as a lack of technical achievement, but on the contrary
, his wisdom on harmony, counterpoint and orchestration was of the highest
level, enriched by an unsurpassed melodic gift ever .
Besides these gifts and knowledge, Tchaikovsky was extremely
disciplined with precise hours day and night to compose, with or without
This habit earned him some weak or artificious moments in some of his
pages followed by brilliant scoring of exquisite beauty.
Only pedant critics have guilted these fauLts as unforgivable blots
that discredit any greatness in his output.
He has also been objected because of an unortodox handling of symphonic
form. However if he had been meticulous with form we would have been
deprived of that sincerity that captivates the heart of the audiences.
Being so deeply and universally human he spans all the screens of
artistical expression from the popular and suburban to the palatial and
I believe is rather preferably not to attend so many dark legends about
his life and death, many of them absolutely false and calumnious.
Only his art can portray his real personality. Only his art can sculpt
his giant figure disclosing one of earth s most dazzling geniuses.
Practically all his output is memorable, but his outstanding
masterpieces will always remain his symphonies, his ballets, the beautiful
Trio in A minor, his piano and violin concertos, the operas "Eugene
Onieguin", "The Queen of Spades", "The Maid of Orleans" and "Iolantha"and
his symphonic fantasies "Romeo and Juliet", "Francesca da Rimini" and
[Note: translated provided by the author]
I am grateful to Prof. Enriquez for his positive and kind insight into
the life and art of P. Tchaikovsky.