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Tchaikovsky : the quest for the inner man

Author: Alexander Poznansky
Publisher: London : Lime Tree, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This biography is probably the fullest, most revealing account to date of Tchaikovsky's private life. Poznansky identifies the death of the composer's mother as a shattering experience for young Pyotr Ilyich, a source of deep existential melancholy. His hypersensitivity, forged by a child's feeling of paradise lost, would manifest in neurosis, insomnia and depressive fits marked by "a sense of insurmountable  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky; P I Chaı̆kovskiı̆; Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Poznansky
ISBN: 0413457214 9780413457219 0413457311 9780413457318
OCLC Number: 28465567
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxii, 679 pages, [32] pages of plates : illustrations, imap, portraits ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Alexander Poznansky.

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This biography is probably the fullest, most revealing account to date of Tchaikovsky's private life. Poznansky identifies the death of the composer's mother as a shattering experience for young Pyotr Ilyich, a source of deep existential melancholy. His hypersensitivity, forged by a child's feeling of paradise lost, would manifest in neurosis, insomnia and depressive fits marked by "a sense of insurmountable terror." A Yale University librarian, Poznansky explores the composer's obsessive fear of death, his idealized relationship with eccentric, free-thinking patron Nadezhda von Meck, the fiasco of his brief, unconsummated marriage, and his involvement in a homosexual subculture that simultaneously fascinated and repelled him. Drawing on Russian sources, the author refutes the theory that Tchaikovsky's death in 1893 at age 53 was a suicide forced upon him by a conspiracy of former classmates. This book casts only an indirect light on the relationship between Tchaikovsky's life and art, as the author omits extended discussion of the music.

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