Pyotr Tchaikovsky: A Biography
Петр Чайковский. Биография
By Alexander Poznansky. Published in Saint Petersburg by Vita Nova (Вита Нова). 2 vols., 1232 pages. ISBN 978-5-93898-227-7 (set), 978-5-93898-229-1 (vol. 1), 978-5-93898-231-4 (vol. 2)
This biography of the great Russian composer, based on his voluminous correspondence and exhaustive archival research, both within and without Russia, is unique in its comprehensive treatment of documentary material. The author is a leading and internationally renowned expert on Tchaikovsky, who spent several decades researching Tchaikovsky's life and published a series of authoritative books in English and Russian on the subject. He was first to recreate the authentic personality of the composer, devoid of bias, ideology or glamour. This work describes in detail the period, environment and personal situation of Tchaikovsky as well as it carefully traces all stages of his creative career. Particular attention is given to the little-known facts of his life, durings his years as student in the School of Jurisprudence, his catastrophic marriage, the aspects of his remarkable relationship with his benefactress Nadezhda von Meck and the circumstances of his untimely death. The narrative is supplemented by more than 500 illustrations, some of them published for the first time made public, and with an index of names.
On Russian Music
By Richard Taruskin (Berkeley; Los Angeles; London, 2009). 407 pages. ISBN 9780520249790.
Smert’ Chaikovskogo: Legendy I fakty.
By Alexander Poznansky (Saint Petersburg, 2007). 256 pages. ISBN 9785737903619 (in Russian).
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