A very simple question as usual.
Did T. ever meet/hear Puccini? If so, what were his opinions?
I'd be interested to know.
Tchaikovsky died in 1893. Puccini’s 1st success – Manon Lescaut premiered
in 1893. This was his 3rd opera. His first two were Le Vili and Edgar which
were not performed outside Milan and have been rarely performed since. Until
the success of Manon Puccini was virtually unknown. Therefore I’m sure it is
safe to say that T never met – or had even heard of – Puccini.
Hello Mr. Boyd,
As far as I know from my readings on Tchaikovsky I never came across any
mention of Puccini or his works......it must be said that Puccini's first
hit, Manon Lescaut, wasn't performed till 1893...the last year of
Tchaikovksy's life.....as for Puccini's other great successes La Boheme, La
Tosca and Madame Butterfly not to mention Turandot weren't released till
1896, 1900, 1904 and 1926 respectively....however when Puccini heard the
Pathetique he was very much taken with it and this piece did influence his
style.......but of course Tchaikovsky was dead by then.....you might want to
look up Puccini and Tchaikovsky to pursue this line of thought....
and we can almost be certain that the Puccini Tchaikovsky would have
appreciated the great successes, as he did "Cavalleria" Mascagni's
...Moreover Puccini said: "They accuse me that I only write music
melodic ... I have no trouble admit ... But take the Russian Tchaikovsky
...Its charm lies in its melodies ... "